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Old 12-07-2007, 03:15 PM   #101
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Whatever kind of interrogation it takes, constitutional or not, I assume.

Although, INDY, again you refuse to use the word suspects when that is exactly what they are.
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NBC rejects ad from conservative group

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer

NBC has rejected a TV ad by Freedom's Watch, a conservative group that supports administration policy in Iraq, that asks viewers to remember and thank U.S. troops during the holiday season.

NBC said it declined to air the ad because it refers to the group's Web site, which the network said was too political, not because of the ad's message.

"Anybody in the world who would look at this ad would come away with nothing other than we should be thankful for their service," Freedom's Watch president Brad Blakeman said.

The spot was to be part of a seven-figure campaign that includes newspaper ads and television commercials. The ads are to run on CNN and Fox News Channel and are running in various newspapers. The New York Times ran a full-page Freedom's Watch ad Friday that said "Thank You!" and depicted a soldier reading a letter. The newspaper ad also contained the Web site address.

Alan Wurtzel, NBC's head of standards and practices, said the network decided not to run the Freedom's Watch ad because the group insisted that the spot contain the URL address of its Web site.

The group's home page links to another Freedom's Watch Web page that lists nonprofit organizations that are sending care packages to soldiers and that suggests other ways of expressing support.

It also contains a welcoming message that states: "For too long, conservatives have lacked a permanent political presence to do battle with the radical special interests groups and their left-wing allies in government."

"We have a policy that prohibits acceptance of advertising that deals with issues of public controversy," Wurtzel said. "This particular ad, in and of itself, is fine. It thanks the troops for their action overseas. We asked them to eliminate a URL address where a person is asked to contact elected officials and told not to cut and run on the war on terror."

NBC rejected a previous Freedom's Watch ad that addressed funding for the troops.

"It's a long-term policy, it goes back decades," Wurtzel said of NBC's stance of declining controversial issue advertising.

He suggested that Freedom's Watch did not alter the ad in order to force NBC to reject it and thus get media attention.

"Candidly, some folks have found that you get more attention when an ad is not accepted," he said.

Blakeman acknowledged that Freedom's Watch wants viewers of the ad to visit its Web site and said NBC's actions amounted to censorship.

Freedom's Watch has emerged as one of the best financed independent conservative groups in this election cycle.
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5) Relations with our allies are actually rather good.
Errr...they are? Some of the leaders may be all chummy, sure, but the general public in many of the countries that we consider friends don't exactly have many pleasant things to say about this administration. Some even go so far as to insult the U.S. as a whole.

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The U.S. is most certainly lower in popularity among our allies than pre-Bush. I thought that was commonly known...
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I thought that was commonly known...
They don't talk about that on FOX.
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the general public in many of the countries that we consider friends don't exactly have many pleasant things to say about this administration. Some even go so far as to insult the U.S. as a whole.

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True Angela, but that's a vocal minority.
Far-Left crazies that despise Bush and blame America for all the worlds problems can be found right here in this country. Sane people recognize that America isn't perfect and can have honest disagreements about issues -- while at the same time recognizing that America is an agent of goodwill and charity around the globe and the greatest defender of liberty in history.
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Sounds interesting Indy... really.
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Maybe he got that from the FOX travel network.
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True Angela, but that's a vocal minority.
Far-Left crazies that despise Bush and blame America for all the worlds problems can be found right here in this country. Sane people recognize that America isn't perfect and can have honest disagreements about issues -- while at the same time recognizing that America is an agent of goodwill and charity around the globe and the greatest defender of liberty in history.
I fully agree with the last part of your post-I've said it before, I love this country (and I will defend it to those who think there's nothing good about it at all), I just disagree with some of the actions of people who live here. Which is why I will speak up whenever I think certain actions are being taken that make us look bad, because I don't want us to look bad.

However, are the dissenters as small a group as you claim? And while some of them may be "crazies", there's others whose criticisms have some merit, and it would be in our best interests to listen to them. They're our friends for a reason. If I see one of my friends doing something stupid, am I going to stand by or am I going to point it out to them, possibly stop them if I can?

But we basically ignored their warnings, gave them the middle finger, and said, "Screw you, we're doing this anyway." And that is one reason of many why they're upset.

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Not so fast Amigo. Looks like NBC will indeed air the "controversial" ad featuring the "too political" language:
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“As we celebrate the holidays, it is important to remember the sacrifices these brave men and women stationed throughout the world make each day to defend our freedom. Freedom’s Watch is honored to support their services and say ‘thank you,’”
In a statement issued Saturday evening, NBC said:
"We have reviewed and changed our ad standards guidelines and made the decision that our policy will apply to content only and not to a referenced Web site. Based on these amended standards the Freedom's Watch ad will begin to run as early as Sunday."
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