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Sunday, August 21, 2005

AP: Sheehan Being Oppressed

Sheehan and her America-hating group have tried to get ads on TV in Salt Lake City where Bush is planning to give a speech to the convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars. So is the AP going to talk about how Sheehan is trying to whore herself to the media and gain more recognition? No, they'll dutifully fall in step and talk about how a station is refusing to run her ad.

The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an "inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."

In the ad, Sheehan pleads with Bush for a meeting and accuses him of lying to the American people about Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction and its connection to al-Qaida.

"Hey, Mr. Bush! I want a meeting with you to discuss why you suck so much!" Is it any wonder Bush isn't granting her an audience? I've talked about that before though, my issue is this news story.

The fact that a station is refusing Sheehan a forum to spew her hatred and vitriol is a news story illustrates the bias in the media- also something I've talked about before. Any station has the right to refuse any potential customer at their own discretion. Whether the AP wants to admit it or not, the advertisements of a station implicitly give the position of that station. If people who disagree with Sheehan's worthless comments see her being advertised on a local station, they may not want to patronize that station, or other advertisers may not want to associate themselves with the same. Either way, it's bad for business, period. This story makes you think Sheehan is somehow being silenced by the eeevil kkkapitalist pigdogs of Utah.

"What stunned me was that it was inappropriate to hear this message," she said. "How is it that Salt Lake City should hear no questions about the war?"

The e-mail read: "The viewpoints reflected in the spot are incompatible with our marketplace and will not be well received by our viewers." It added that the spot didn't qualify as an issue advertisement.

First off, they aren't asking questions. They're making unfounded statements in the form of a question. Some of you may remember from elementary school the "answer yes or no to the following" trick. You're made to promise only to answer yes or no to a question, then once you do, they ask if your mother is out of prison yet, or other more obscene questions. The question assumes a false premise which is exactly what Sheehan and her ilk do.

The AP should be ashamed that they waste ink on this. Jusk thike the Sheehan crowd, the author of this story assumes that Sheehan somehow has a right to pay for ad space and have her ad put on the channel. Sure she has the right to bid, but the channel has the right to refuse.

"The bigger picture is, by suppressing the message are we doing what is right under the First Amendment and in an open democratic society?" Wiest said.

By implying that the owner of the airwaves somehow has no right to refuse you and is trampling on their rights- violating their first amendment rights. Sure you have the right to say what you want (with exceptions), but you don't have the right to be listened to, and you don't have a right to other people's property to get your views out to the public. If you don't like it, buy your own channel and stack it with all the ads you want. I'd imagine, however, that investing in intellectually bankrupt viewpoints will only result in actual bankruptcy. I suppose that's why liberals hate trying to compete in a capitalist society.