MoveOn.org financed to air a commercial to support anti-Bush opinions during one of the highest rated programs of the year. The commercials are very expensive and viewed by a huge % of americans. The only problem is that the airing network has opted not to air these commercials.
Now, as I said there is an excellent description of the situation by cmpriest I would hazard that before you read that post, or my comments that you understand that the post explains (and entirely to my agreement) that the network's choice is not censorship. They are fully justified in what they did.
Now, cmpriest agrees with most people that this is none-the-less a really bad thing. She feels they should have aired the commercial. I say most people, because I present the argument that CBS may have made the right decision. (Thus the flamebait)
My response behind the cut is a cross posting from my comment in her journal agreeing with her opinion but suggestion why it may have been better that CBS did make the decision that they did.
You've done an excellent job in representing the issue. I agree entirely with your stand on this issue and would like to hazard that perhaps CBS has done more for moveon.org's agenda than its supporters might see.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs managed to devise the wonderful process of event-based, free advertising. Whereas the event itself is so large, that the ensuing news of the event pushes the information onto the streets through more outlets than any simple advertising would have done.
By refusing a superbowl ad there is the resulting cry of unfairness which will for starters spread quickly through the internet. This cry will evolve into analysis. I have already seen at least 4 posts on my own LJ-friends list including your own. Internet news sites (http://www.gnutellanews.com/article/10010) will pick up the story. From there, the noise and clatter will eventually be picked up by the news agencies who will opt to show the offending commercial. (Reuters...
Now, this becomes an interesting dance of how ABC and NBC might spin the story without advertising CBS in the process.
Just my $0.02 (or minimal fraction of a superbowl ad)