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August 28, 2007--

CORRECTION:  MSNBC and CNBC politically censor pro-victory/anti-defeatism ads about Iraq by 
Freedoms Watch (not  ads by Iraq Vets For Freedom).

Olbermanization of MSNBC and CNBC.

So-called "mainstream" media show their real faces of partisanship. Yet they still wonder why such large portions of the public don't "trust" them.

In a recently-launched public-education campaign to counter American Self-Defeatists by changing the polls in order to change the behavior of poll-worshiping politicians, Freedoms Watch, began releasing commercials and arranging media contacts for spokesmen urging politicians to repudiate political pressures to pull out of Iraq or to try to limit or end the surge. Now that their educational campaign seems to be making headway in the minds of "independents" and "middle-of-the-roaders" and thereby also making headway in changing "poll" results in the direction of being more supportive of the "surge" and less supportive of the self-defeatists' positions, two cable "news" networks have refused to broadcast ads by Freedoms Watch (not ads by  Iraq Veterans for Freedom-- see "CORRECTION" at end of this commentary-- but it's nevertheless just as noteworthy in light of the fact that the "Freedoms Watch" ads feature Iraq veterans and members of their families as well as surviving members of families of veterans who died in Iraq). (Hat-Tip to Bryan Preston at HotAir.Com.)

These are not malicious ads. They're pro-victory/anti-defeatism ads. It's difficult to imagine how MSNBC and CNBC could manifest their partisanship in opposition to the surge more clearly than by their rejection of these ads. They've thereby again exposed their true faces to the American people. The focus of additional media attention on such efforts by MSNBC and CNBC to heavy-handedly exercise editorial political judgment in order to shape the public debate in accordance with their views on the subject ought to prompt a rude awakening among "independents" and "middle-of-the-roaders" previously beguiled by the anti-victory attitude of the so-called "mainstream" media.

These networks previously had no compunction against broadcasting ads not-so-tacitly implying it to be within George Bush's power to "stop" the "genocide" in Darfur and that unless he were to do so, his inaction would be evidence of his moral callousness. These networks previously had no compunction against broadcasting anti-Bush ads by "Vote Vets," "MoveOn.Org" and others. Their rejections of the Freedoms Watch ads (not "Vets for Freedom" ads) just show what transparently partisan hypocrites they are. Yet they're probably first in line to ask why it is that such a large portion of the public doesn't "trust" the so-called "mainstream" media.

For links to the rejected ads, see Bryan Preston's archived post at HotAir.Com. Also, here's one of my own videos focusing on "endgame" issues concerning Iraq:

The permanent link to this commentary is here.

Note from Jim Wrenn on August 29, 2007, re "CORRECTION":  Please accept my apology for my error in identifying the rejected ads as those of "Vets for Freedom" rather than "Freedoms Watch." I hereby express my thanks to Vets for Freedom for having brought this error to my attention, and I hope they will likewise accept my apology for my error. And, of course, I also apologize to Freedoms Watch for my error.

--Jim Wrenn, Editor at WrennCom.Com. Also Editor at PoliSat.Com, where the satire is always commentary but the commentary isn't always satire.