New York Times: Google TV Ads Relents on Jill Stein Campaign Spots
September 4, 2012 in Presidential Campaign
According to the New York Times blog “The Lede”, Google TV Ads has relented and agreed to pass through Jill Stein’s Campaign Ad to cable stations after initially pulling it for containing a bleeped out “bullshit” line:
The Green Party won a public-relations battle with Google on Tuesday, forcing the company’s television advertising division to book time for a commercial in which its presidential candidate uses a (partly bleeped) obscenity to describe the policies of the major-party candidates.
The Jill Stein Campaign and the Green Party put out a public call for support, noting that federal law prohibits broadcasters from censoring ads submitted by candidates for public office. From the Lede:
On Tuesday afternoon, Google TV Ads relented and agreed to pass the ad on to broadcasters in the 11 media markets where the Green Party hopes its message will have the most impact. In an e-mail shared with The Lede by Ben Manski, Ms. Stein’s campaign manager, a Google TV Ads employee also asked that the party “make immediate arrangements to remedy/retract the message” posted on its Web site.
Here is the ad in question: