The same batshit crazy, terrorist-rhetoric crew that brought the D.C. area 355 airings of graphic shots of fetuses is trying to take it to the next level: first nationwide, then the Super Bowl. Will it work?
With extremist anti-choice fameball Randall Terry as her "campaign manager," Missy Smith ran for Congress in Washington, DC. Her goal wasn't winning, which was never going to happen anyway — it was getting pictures of bloodied fetuses on local television. Lawyers for the stations said at the time that because of the way the courts had interpreted the Communications Act, they were both forced to air the ads and unable to "censor them."
It makes perfect sense, then, that Terry and Smith want to recruit other "candidates" to run single-issue campaigns that are simply focused on getting as many disturbing photos of dubious origin in the commercials during Oprah. The goal is to get 25 candidates in major markets. (They explain this in the creepy, rambly video above, which does not need to be watched in full.)
Could that legal rationale be extended to the 2012 Super Bowl if Terry mounted a farcical presidential run, as he is threatening to do? Realistically, there'd likely be some way for the network to wiggle out even if the radical anti-choice group managed to raise the millions, but there's also the fact that CBS aired the Tim Tebow ad last year. CBS said to the protests at the time that "we have for some time moderated our approach to advocacy submissions after it became apparent that our stance did not reflect public sentiment or industry norms. In fact, most media outlets have accepted advocacy ads for some time... [CBS] will continue to consider responsibly produced ads from all groups for the few remaining spots in Super Bowl XLIV." But that ad didn't even mention abortion explicitly, let alone feature gory images.
Anti-choice blogger Jill Stanek exults, "Pro-life activists like me would be ecstatic, if such a word can be used to describe fulfillment of a passion to see a multitude of people face the truth about abortion. Activists believe that only by understanding the reality of abortion will the culture be wholeheartedly persuaded against it." Not to mention the massive publicity even if the ad is rejected. It's enough to make you hope Go Daddy is the worst of our problems.