Fox News has censored the Center for Constitutional Rights free speech by declining to run an advertisement by them titled “Rescue the Constitution” which has actor Danny Glover saying, “The Bush administration is destroying the Constitution” by the use of renditions, torture, and other tactics. Fox News offered this explanation as justification for their decision:
We cannot approve the spot with it being Danny Glover’s opinion that the Bush Administration is destroying the Constitution. If you have documentation that it is indeed being destroyed, we can look at that. Sorry about that,
The ad was intended to help apply political pressure in advance of the December 5th Supreme Court cases of Al Odah v. U.S. and Boumediene v. Bush. These cases represent the third time that the Supreme court decided to hear a Guantanamo detainee-related case. On two previous occasions, the high court has sided with The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were the petitioners.
The media watchdog web site Media Matters points out that this isn’t the first time Fox News has declined to run ads on the basis of the content presented. In 2005 they also refused to run ad critical of then-Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr.
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