Salt Lake City, Utah’s ABC TV affiliate, KTVX, has refused to air an anti-Iraq war commercial featuring Cindy Sheehan. A station spokesperson stated the ad is “inappropriate” for their city. Apparently, KTVX is taking the Wal-Mart approach and preempting any choice by its customers (viewers) – for their own protection. It already knows exactly what they want to see, and what’s best for them. (Last I heard, Saturday Night Live still isn’t shown on broadcast TV in the city.)
In further explanation, the station asserted that the ad “could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in this Iraq war.”
In the ad, Sheehan professes her love for the United States, but says that the Iraq war is a “senseless” mistake and a lie that’s cost us many loved ones. She closes with the plea, directed toward President Bush, to “bring our troops home now.” Exactly what part of this is offensive to Salt Lake City sensibilities?
Let’s try to figure it out…
Love of country? Hmm. Somehow I doubt that’s it.
A deadly mistake? Hmm. There are those who feel that any “disparaging” talk regarding the war undermines our troops’ morale and bolsters our enemy. I’m certain that finding out all the reasons they went to war in the first place were false hasn’t helped troop morale any, though (hence a reference in the spot to President Bush lying to us). Nor has it discouraged the insurgency.
Then there’s the part about “bring(ing) our troops home…” Is this an offensive idea to Salt Lake City denizens? From the KTVX statement, I get the impression many troops from that city are in Iraq right now. Don’t they want them to come home – and soon?
In this war, as during Vietnam and other past wars, peace activists and war supporters (who consider themselves the only true patriots) have consistently failed to realize they’re on the same side and want essentially the same thing: an end to the war. But, for some reason, the patriots seem to take offense at anyone else saying so.
It's difficult to say exactly, but the answer to why KTVX doesn’t want to air the ad may just be that Orrin Hatch doesn’t want to deal with any issues while he’s on vacation. Much like another prominent politician we know.