My brother sent me a link to a story at Fox News this morning that has my blood boiling. Apparently, NBC has declined to run an ad that thanks the troops for their service because the group running the ad, FreedomWatch.org dared to put their web address at the end of the spots. NBC’s spokesman, Alan Wurtzel said this:

Speaking with FOX on Friday, Wurtzel said NBC has no problem with the content of the ad, specificallythe well-wishes to troops.

However, he said, the link to the website violates their policy on controversial issue advertising because it encourages political action and other activities. He said the policy is applied consistently across the board and this group was not targeted in any way.

In the AP story, he says:

“We have a policy that prohibits acceptance of advertising that deals with issues of public controversy,” Wurtzel said.

and

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

Oh really? Ya coulda fooled me! A fellow-poster at FR, ChooseYeThisDay posted this:

NBC Affiliates (NOT the national corp) declined to run some MoveOn.org ads a couple years back:

http://www.cnsnews.com/Politics/Archive/200604/POL20060403a.html

You Can’t Pull Our Ads, MoveOn.org Tells NBC
By Melanie Hunter
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
April 03, 2006

(CNSNews.com) – A liberal group Monday is blasting NBC for the decision of two local affiliates owned by GE not to run ads that slams politicians for allegedly siding with corporate interests over the needs of their constituents.

MoveOn.org PAC called the decision “outrageous,” suggesting it is a right-wing conspiracy.

“We think it’s outrageous for NBC to censor our ad, and wonder if this reflects the well-known right-wing leanings of their parent company, GE,” MoveOn.org said in a press release.

“What other explanation could there be for an Ohio NBC station refusing to run our well-sourced, entirely factual ad, while airing the Swift Boat Veterans’ deceptive ads in 2004? NBC has a responsibility to be balanced and serve the public, just like the 33 other stations that are running the ad,” the group added.

Decades, Mr. Wurtzel? You wanna retract that?