This from the examiner:
Google says Stein used "inappropriate language" in the ad and thus nixed it for placement on Google TV. SEE VIDEO HERE
The naughty word in question is a time-honored reference to a certain kind of manure, a word used so frequently among the public it has since blended into American consciousness as one of our most natural expressions – especially during the political season.
The word is partially bleeped, but Google executives still consider its viewing public too delicate to endure it – that amid an otherwise gentle, squeaky clean horde of campaign ads issued by Democrats and Republicans.
Apparently “Thou shalt not lie” gets a free pass from Google, while “Thou shalt speak in plain language” is forbidden.
Yes, in her first hopefully national tv campaign ad Jill Stein referred to “pandering irresponsible BULLSHIT that passes itself off as campaigning.” Then she explains that she can’t believe she has actually said that. It clearly expresses the outrage she feels about our national situation and the inadequate attention to real problems being given by the major candidates and their parties.
Her passion is fitting. She said it because it is the TRUTH and she honestly (how unique and refreshing is that from a candidate?) expressed how she feels and how most of America, not just the Greens, feel!!!! Anyone disagree that IRRESPONSIBLE PANDERING BULLSHIT is what is pouring out from both legacy political parties right now?
Now the Green Party campaign for Jill Stein is suddenly censored by Google, 1%er crony of the political machines. I’m thinking particular friend to the Dem one in this case.
So, after collecting pennies to end the ferocious media blackout aimed at Jill Stein and the Green Party, one more serious sling and arrow. Take no prisoners in soft-fascism-hardening-fast America! TAKE NO PRISONERS. (Ask the droner-in-chief about that particularly useful and vile strategy.)
This reminds me of the moment in Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” movie where the big gangsta media machine overturns all the rallying children’s little red wagons with the newsletters defending the piled on by corporate-cronied politicians poor Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) hanging onto his integrity as his reputation is being royally smeared, he is being made into both a national laughingstock and menace.
The “big boys” (including the big girls) continue to crony up and destroy the messengers.
The big boys and girls over at Google whose slogan has been “do no evil.” HAH!
If you are a 1%er corporation, can you not?
The Obama administration will be especially grateful for this one. That is good for billions for Google I am thinking, as if they need it. Obama shows his gratitude. Ask Goldman Sachs how much bang you get for your crony buck or for any favor that gets Obama elected.
How predictable in this age of slick Obama and slick Rove (of institutionalized evil like, say, torture) in using questionable technicalities to not even bother co-existing with philosophical and moral challenges. Don’t even bother defending yourself or acknowledging reality or God forbid basic morality. Use your cronyism to snuff out the messengers. Give them the punishment more suited for the punishers than the punishees. ANYTHING GOES!
The corporations who have economically raped America are snuffing out the voice of Green Party pro-people, -peace, -planet Jill Stein. Of course they are! One more Orwellian chapter.
Does anyone care? Other than Jill and us Greens? I guess we should just STFU and continue to endure our marginalization and disenfranchisement.
I mean any of you so-called progressives choosing Team Obama care or empathize on this one?
Jill Stein maybe not on your political team of choice. Anybody give a damn about this bullshit about her use of the word “bullshit” and the first amendment and double standardism?
Anybody care that her voice, so modest or, let’s face it, totally muted compared to the Romney and Obama tv carpetbombing and just plain old every day corporate 24/7 media, is being snuffed out?
Here is a letter from Ben Manski, Jill Stein’s campaign manager. I will print it in its entirety for the sake of both clarity and timeliness so I can post this quickly.
Last week, the Jill Stein for President campaign placed over a hundred thousand dollars worth of airtime on cable TV nationally and in select markets across the country. The ads are scheduled to air tomorrow, Tuesday through this Thursday, to raise important progressive issues key to our nation’s future that will not be discussed during the corporate-sponsored Democratic National Convention.
This morning, Google –which served as a broker for placement of our national satellite and cable television ad placements– informed Jill Stein for President that they were censoring the campaign’s ads due to “inappropriate language.” (The ads in question can be viewed here).
What Google does not seem to understand is that federal law prohibits broadcasters from censoring ads submitted by candidates for public office.
Because all primary advertising has to air before the close of the Democratic convention on Thursday, this is an extremely urgent matter. We urge all of our supporters –and any American who does not think corporations should have the right to censor political free speech– to contact Google at once:
Google Headquarters: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043. Telephone 1-650-253-0000 Fax 1-650-253-0001
To contact Google’s Advertising Department toll free, call 1-866-2GOOGLE (1-866-246-6453) or email them with the form provided at https://services.google.com/fb/forms/ensales/
In the event that this censorship matter may not be resolved in time, we have quickly produced three other ads, “What Green Means,” that we can get on the air immediately, with your support. You can see the ads here. And if you donate now, you can vote on which one of them we should use.
Is there any energy out there for support for Jill Stein as a fellow American on this one? Or will, once again, gang-think cronyism prevail? Yawns and crickets all around?
At least remember to wave as the first amendment circles the bowl. Try to remember what and who small "d" democracy was supposed to represent.
Now, back to the big "D" tee-bee convention. No mention of the existence of a Jill Stein or a Green Party there. Obama as liberal (hah!) as the oligarchs with their tv propaganda will allow.
[cross-posted on correntewire and sacramento for democracy]