Clear Channel, Cindy and Utah

News & Politics

As Bush heads off to peddle his Iraq War half-truths with a blustery performance before some Utah vets, the Gold Star Families for Peace have placed an ad on the local TV stations.

Many, that is, but not all. In fact, the Fox affiliate appears to have no problem running the ad while an ABC affiliate refuses, claiming that it's: "[an] inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."

Nobody's disputing the accuracy of the ad -- the facts.

But KTVX is a Clear Channel station. The Texas-based Clear Channel whose executives are longtime Bush supporters. The one that sponsored pro-war rallies, banned the Dixie Chicks for criticizing Bush, and which has a history of pulling ads critical of Republicans.

Fortunately we find out from one of Clear Channel's employees at the station, David D'Antuono, that, as the article puts it: "the decision was not influenced by the station's owner, Clear Channel Communications Inc."

Right, because employees can be trusted to implicate their bosses in public.

But what of the actual claim?: "The viewpoints reflected in the spot are incompatible with our marketplace and will not be well received by our viewers."

Well, if Utah -- a state that did choose Bush by a 70-30 margin -- isn't ready for a message of this kind, then why would Salt Lake City's mayor be calling for: "'the biggest demonstration this state has ever seen' to protest President Bush's appearance Monday before a national veterans convention"?

Is this a man with a death wish? Does he: "desire to spend more time with his family" (as a number of Bush "retirees" have claimed)?

Or could politician Rocky Anderson be riding public sentiment such that statements like this one are bound to resonate with his constituents:

"This administration has been disastrous to the country... If people could organize and speak out in an effective manner from the reddest state in the country, that would garner a lot of attention... There should be a collaboration of health-care-provision advocates, seniors, the [gay, lesbian and bisexual and transsexual] community, anti-Patriot Act advocates and other civil libertarians, anti-war folks, pro-Social Security advocates, environmental advocates, anti-nuclear-testing advocates, and anti-nuclear-waste-shipment-and-storage advocates..."
You choose.

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