CNN Bias Revealed in NARAL's Attack on Roberts

NARAL's false advertisement that misrepresents Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts has been pulled from the airwaves. Unfortunately, and despite being forwarned about its content, several television networks ran the ad.

Fidelis, a national Catholic-based advocacy group, revealed in a press release that CNN agreed to accept the NARAL attack ad on Judge John Roberts, yet has refused to air a pro-life ad featuring international humanitarian Mother Teresa. In 1998, CNN rejected an ad produced by Right to Life of Michigan featuring a touching interview with Mother Teresa filmed just before her death. At the time, the cable network cited its policy prohibiting "issue advertisements".

Perhaps CNN has recently changed its policy because the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) contacted CNN on Thursday regarding the NARAL ad and was given the following statement: "CNN accepts advocacy advertising from responsible groups from across the political spectrum who wish to express their views and their opinions about issues of public importance."

Accuracy in Media discovered that CNN has a potential conflict of interest in running the ad because NARAL has been funded by CNN founder Ted Turner, a current board member of CNN parent company Time Warner.

Following-up on the AIM report, CBN News cited IRS documents that reveal Turner's private foundation donated 1.4 million dollars to NARAL in 2003.

To summarize, CNN rejected a pro-life advertisement involving Mother Teresa because it was "issue" oriented. CNN, founded by NARAL supporter Ted Turner, runs an obviously false issue-oriented ad placed by NARAL because their policy is to allow expression of views and opinions about "issues".

Update:

Redstate's Erick tells us:

Here's the irony. CNN has has repeatedly used the Annenberg Political Fact Check site to ridicule and malign false and misleading campaign advertising and statistics. Even without Annenberg, CNN got so dedicated to fact checking political ads, it hired Brooks Jackson, who has thrived on checking facts, to present CNN as a fair arbiter of honesty in politics. Well, the Annenberg Political Fact Check Site says NARAL's "ad is false."




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