ABC Tells GOP ‘No’ on Anti-Obama Ads

Published June 24, 2009

Despite pressure from the right wing, ABC says it will not allow the Republican National Committee to run a series of Obama-bashing ads during the network’s health care special next week.

Brushing aside criticism that the special would be nothing but an Obama health care infomercial, an ABC spokeswoman said, "ABC Television Network has a longstanding policy that we do not accept advocacy advertising." That prompted the Republican Party to demand air time and to fire off a fundraising letter attacking ABC.

The letter says, “It seems that the mainstream media has finally decided to dispense with the pointless denials of favorable coverage of the Obama Administration. Now one network, ABC News, has actually turned its entire programming over to President Obama and his big-government agenda.”

The reference is to the planned June 24 broadcast of "World News" from inside the White House, which the GOP says is designed to make President Obama's case for nationalized health – without any opportunity for opposing views to be aired.

“The liberal special interests have clearly learned from their missteps the last time they tried to force Americans into a socialized health care system – the abysmal failure of the Clinton Administration's ‘HillaryCare,’" the letter continues. “That's why their friends at ABC News will be promoting Obamacare at virtually every opportunity, from ‘Good Morning America’ to ‘Nightline,’ and reach from ABC News' Web sites all the way to the White House's East Room.”

The letter asks Republican loyalists to get involved in the effort to be heard. How can they make this happen? “Make a special donation of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to the Republican National Committee today.” This, Republican Chairman Michael Steele says, will help “us raise the nearly $100,000 we need to buy air time to get the truth about the disastrous consequences of the Obama Democrats' government-run health care plans out to the American people.”

Written by BET.com Staff

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