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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

CNN - pay us and we will air your lies

No one will ever convince me that the MSM is nuetral or biased to the right (LMAO) when something like this happens.

Per Drudge:

Tue Aug 09 2005 19:41:54 ET

CNN has reviewed and agreed to run a controversial ad produced by a pro-abortion group’s that falsely accuses Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers supporting a convicted abortion clinic bomber, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The news network has agreed to a $125,000 ad buy from NARAL for a commercial which depicts a bombed out 1998 Birmingham, AL abortion clinic. The Birmingham clinic was bombed seven years after Roberts signed the legal briefing the ad question!

The linking of Roberts to "violent fringe groups" is the sharpest attack against the nominee thus far.

However, the non-partisan University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg reviewed the NARAL ad and found it to be “false.” found "in words and images, the ad conveys the idea that Roberts took a legal position excusing bombing of abortion clinics, which is false."

The Republican National Committee is preparing to send a letter to television stations asking them to pull the spot, according to sources.

The RNC’s letter claims: "NARAL's ad is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts that has no purpose but to mislead the American people."

Developing... has a detailed analysis and they conclude:

  • The ad is false.

  • And the ad misleads

  • The images used in the ad are especially misleading.

  • The ad fails to mention

  • The brief that Roberts signed, and on which the NARAL ad is based, is from another matter entirely

  • The ad uses the classic tactic of guilt by association

  • Whatever one thinks of Bray, Terry, or Operation Rescue, it is misleading to say that Roberts supported them.

  • But it is false to suggest that Roberts supported the actions of "violent" groups or clinic bombers because he argued that a law aimed at the Ku Klux Klan could not be used against those who blockade abortion clinics.

  • Of course, all of that didn'tt stop CNN from accepting the money to air such a hideous and false charge. If Rather and Mapes had to go at cBS for Rathergate, then a few heads at CNN should roll for this idiocy.

    I wonder if CNN would run an ad mentioning Kennedy, Chappaquiddick and Mary Jo Kopechne. Apparently $125,000 is all one needs to air obvious lies. Telling the truth should be much cheaper. Though I have no reason whatsoever to believe that CNN is concerned with what is true.
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