Back in 2004, the United Church of Christ (UCC) attempted to run the following advertisement during CBS' broadcast of the Super Bowl:
The attempt was thwarted however when CBS rejected the ad – apparently because of the network's policy of "prohibiting advocacy ads, even ones that carry an 'implicit' endorsement for a side in a public debate."
Now, six years later, CBS is set to air an ad by the anti-choice, anti-gay, far right-wing Focus on the Family during this month's Super Bowl broadcast.
It isn't surprising the CBS' hypocrisy has sparked an effort throughout the progressive blogosphere and on Facebook demanding that the network either reject the Focus on the Family ad or agree to also air the UCC's.
From the October 16 edition of Focus on the Family Daily:
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Revealing his "moral dilemma" about the 2008 presidential campaign, Focus on the Family's James Dobson said that while "neither of the candidates is consistent with my views," Sen. John McCain "comes closer to what I believe" than Sen. Barack Obama, adding that McCain "seems to understand the Muslim threat."
In his July 7 Focus on the Family broadcast, James Dobson insisted that he and co-host Tom Minnery were "not throwing stones at Senator Obama for his faith" during an earlier show. However, later in the same broadcast, Minnery questioned if Obama is "even sincere with the way he talks about religion."
On his radio show, James Dobson falsely suggested that Sen. Barack Obama claimed Dobson "wants to expel people who are not Christians" from the United States. Dobson was referring to a 2006 speech in which Obama actually asked: "And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's?"
During the November 6 broadcast of Focus on the Family, James Dobson and a group of allies did not mention one of the allegations surrounding Rev. Ted Haggard: that Haggard has admitted purchasing methamphetamines from self-described male prostitute Mike Jones.
Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson baselessly claimed that Media Matters for America engaged in "sp[i]n" by quoting his on-air remark that Republican former Rep. Mark Foley's sexually explicit instant messages to a male former House page "turned out to be what some people are now saying was a -- sort of a joke by the boy and some of the other pages." But Dobson did not explain what the purported spin was.
James Dobson and Daniel Henninger both echoed a claim previously made by Matt Drudge and Michael Savage that the sexually explicit communications that Rep. Mark Foley allegedly engaged in with former congressional pages were "sort of a joke" or a "prank" on the part of the former pages.