Unbalanced Super Bowl ads

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004

The sports pages tell us that the Super Bowl is approaching. What a lot of us do not know is that huge companies like CBS that control access to the publicly owned airwaves have a constitutional obligation to air opposing points of view during this widely viewed event. CBS refuses to air an ad that highlights the current administration's $1 trillion deficit, claiming it is too controversial.

See for yourself and go to moveon.org. The money was raised to air the ad by people of this country who are tired of the current administrations spending policies.

Instead, CBS will run ads that promote smoking, drinking and Bush White House policies.

It is obvious that their idea of controversial really means if they do not agree with it, it isn't going to be on the air.

The First Amendment doesn't mean a whole lot if we are denied access to the airwaves. If the White House can run an ad, other groups should be allowed.

Karen Dillman

Petersburg



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