Boston NBC Affiliate Won’t Run Pro-Life Groups’ Ads on Abortion, Health Care

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 10, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Boston CBS Affiliate Won’t Run Pro-Life Group’s Ads on Abortion, Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 10
, 2009

Boston, MA ( — The Boston, Massachusetts CBS affiliate, radio station WBZ, has refused to sell time to a state pro-life group seeking to run ads asking that abortion funding be kept out of the health care bills in Congress. When asked to put in writing their reasons for declining the ads, the station declined.

Anne Fox, the president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the pro-life organization seeking air time to run the ads, told they have aired without problem on other radio stations.

"These ads and similar ads have already aired on WRKO in Boston, WTAG in Worcester, and WHYN in Springfield," she said. "They address abortion, rationing, and denial of care based on age or disability."

Fox said the WBZ told her the ads were inaccurate but would still not say how so or why they would be denied even after she offer proof about the group’s claims.

"At first WBZ told me that we had to substantiate our ‘claims’. Then, even as I offered to do so, they decided they would not take the ads," she said.

"This is a news station which should be dedicated to presenting all sides of an issue – especially one of such importance to their listening audience," Fox continued. "The media, in general, is unquestioningly in favor of these bills. As a premier news station WBZ should be happy to air views that may not be exactly the same as theirs."

Fox said the ad is something most listeners won’t hear when they watch or listen to the news reporting about the health care bill.

"When they hear the ad, I am sure people will agree that is a valuable addition to the health care debate," she said.

ACTION: To complain, contact Chris Hill at [email protected], write WBZ NewsRadio 1030, 1170 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston MA, 02134, or call (617) 787-7171

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