Thursday, June 04, 2009

CBS Submits To White House Intimidation?

Would you, a billboard ad company owner, refuse to put this sign up for thousands of dollars in revenue? What's wrong with this sign? Put it up for lots of money, why not?

CBS refused. Why?

Perhaps the message is inconvenient to a very, very powerful person who doesn't want people asking that very question.

Strange, disquieting story of apparent censorship here. If you're not familiar with what it's all about, read the whole thing. It'll get you up to speed.

"CBS is a company that is not squeamish about feeding America's children a steady diet of offensive movies, obscene rap music and even TV commercials that push the cultural and moral envelope," said Farah. "But CBS is afraid to put up a sign containing four innocent words of constitutionally protected, non-inflammatory speech. You explain that to me. This is a giant media conglomerate unworthy of operating under the protection of the First Amendment."

Nevertheless, Farah remains undaunted in his quest to post the eligibility issue on billboards across the country and insists CBS billboards are not needed to fulfill the mission. His media buyer, who had no opinion on the campaign when she became involved, says she has had her eyes opened.

"They (CBS) already knew about this campaign when approached," she said. "Being involved in this campaign has not only opened my eyes but has disillusioned my faith in Americans standing up for what's right and equal in the eyes of our forefathers who wrote the Constitution for this very reason. It has made me feel sad."

The local account executive at CBS was shocked by the response from the top levels of the corporation.

"We just received an e-mail from CBS Corporate," he wrote. "They are aware of this campaign and we are not allowed to install it. This came straight from corporate. Sorry!"