Sunday, May 11, 2008

Comcast Blocking Content Again, This Time, Shirley Golub Ads Criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

San Francisco, California
--Comcast isn't allowing ads by candidate Shirley Golub, the woman with a real chance at beating Bush administration-enabler, the incumbent Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th District. Cindy Sheehan--bless her heart--doesn't appear to be running a viable campaign. Interestingly, in our own 2nd District here in Northern Indiana, neo-Nazi GOP candidate Tony Zirkle (See article below) was allowed to run his ads that advocate a far-right viewpoint. You decide if this problematic and monopolistic policy. This writer asserts that it does.

From: The Pen <>
Date: Sat, May 10, 2008 at 8:07 PM
Subject: URGENT: Comcast Is Censoring Political Content Again, Speak Out To Tell Comcast To Back Off Our Free Speech

Comcast, which has a history of censoring political content is STILL
abusing their monopoly power to suppress political speech. Last week
in San Francisco they REFUSED to accept the new Shirley Golub TV ad,
in her congressional primary challenge against Nancy Pelosi.

Stop Comcast Censorship Action Page:

Apparently they did not take kindly to Golub's comparison of the
political behavior of the current Speaker of the House to a rubber
chicken, for her cowardice in not standing up to the Bush
administration. But that's not their call, and in the meantime the 3
major non-cable broadcast outlets ARE running the ad and they all
think it's a delightful hoot.

The real problem is that Shirley wanted to place these ads
specifically to support Keith Olbermann on MSNBC cable, and Comcast
by their action is making it immensely harder for her to mobilize
those who are Olbermann's viewers, her natural base. It is simply
outrageous for Comcast to refuse to air perfectly acceptable
political speech because THEY don't like the content. We must flood
them with complaints, or Olbermann himself, with his own
uncompromising commentary, may not be far behind.

The action page above will send your message of complaint to Comcast
CEO Brian Roberts, and let Keith Olbermann and MSNBC know what's
going on.

With more that 30,000 YouTube views already this amazing TV ad is
having a real impact. It was a featured news story for a full news
cycle the first day it aired. And it is only because of your
contributions that this is happening. Please watch it again, and if
you can make a donation to run even more of these spots on the
stations that are accepting them, we can really put the heat on

Rubber Chicken TV Spot:

You can make a real difference right now by telling Comcast that they
need to back off. And if you can make a contribution of $100 or more,
Shirley wants to send you one of the new bright orange "IMPEACH BOTH"
caps to wear proudly. And if you can be a "tell it like it is" angel
and donate $1,000 or more, Shirley will also send you one of her
custom embroidered, satin baseball award jackets with the "I'm On The
Table" message.

Keith Olberman himself has said much more unflattering things about
members of the Bush administration than calling them chickens, and
that's why we love him, for his truth telling. And it is critical for
Shirley mobilize the audience who watches Olbermann on cable, and in
particular because only on cable can she focus on her constituents
exactly within the limits of her congressional district.

The courage of Shirley Golub is a breaking news story. With your help
in a matter of days we can break her out as true national leadership
figure, and then won't Nancy Pelosi be running scared.

Paid for by Shirley Golub for Congress

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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