Feb 4, 2010

Tebow Super Bowl ad illustrates double standard

Can someone tell me how CBS can air the anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family’s Super Bowl ad featuring University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, but it refused to sell ad time to MoveOn and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals during the Super Bowl in 2004 because the network claimed it did not accept advocacy advertising?

The ad features Tebow‘s mother talking about how she ignored her doctor’s advice to abort a potential problem pregnancy and carried Tebow to term. I’m not really sure what the ad is really about, other than its anti-abortion. I certainly hope it’s not about telling women to ignore the medical advice of their doctors.

Planned Parenthood has an ad on YouTube featuring former Minnesota Viking Sean James and Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner in response to the Tebow ad where James and Joyner state in the video that they "respect Ms. Tebow's decision" not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with her son Tim, but they are also "working toward the day where... every woman's decision about her health and her family will be respected." In other words, do not take the choice away from other women. Planned Parenthood does not have the deep pockets like Focus on the Family because they use their money to provide health care services to poor and low income women, so it will not be aired during the Super Bowl.

In fact, I’m willing to bet Planned Parenthood has prevented more abortions that Focus on the Family ever has.

This is pure politics. For example, Jay Riemersma, one of four Republican congressional candidates running in the 2nd District, will host a rally Sunday in support Tebow. What support that is, I’m not really sure. Perhaps because women’s groups are trying to convince CBS not to air it, but this is just a chance to out conservative his GOP opponents and rally support for him.


Johnny C said...

The only good thing that comes from this is that if MoveOn or any other progressive group wants to airs a ad during the Super Bowl next year, CBS can't use the excuse of political advocacy.

And if they do how can they justify turning down a ad from MoveOn? When they aired a Focus on the Family ad and the last time I check MoveOn didn't stand by a person who shot and killed a doctor in a church.

Communications guru said...

Somehow, I doubt it will matter. This is why I say the media is conservative. What corporation owns CBS?

Johnny C said...

Yeah I forgot one thing conservatives for the most part don't let little things like hypocrisy get in the way of making a buck or getting a point across.

Hopefully people don't forgot this and groups like MoveOn, PETA etc gives CBS unholy hell next year. As for CBS ownership last time I check they were owned by Viacom but who knows with corporations nowadays NBC is own by Universal,Comcast and GE .