Third Media Outfit Bans Obama Eligibility Ads: Where’s the Birth Certificate?
The Media is so enthralled by Obama and so scared of going against him that 3 billboard companies will NOT allow the “Where’s the Birth Certificate” Billboard. There are so many things put on billboards these days that I find it intereresting that they find these offensive. Free speech vanishes when a gov’t gets too much power and even cold, hard cash isn’t budging these companies. I thought they were in the money-making business, but apparently they’d rather lose this sale than put up this simple billboard. Don’t get me wrong, it is entirely within their rights as independent companies to decide who they want to do business with. But I think if this were Bush’s birth certificate, they would have gladly put up the billboard and then defended themselves by saying, “it’s just a business decision.” Double standard once again!
Trifecta: 3rd media outfit bans Obama eligibility ads
Clear Channel joins CBS, Lamar in dissing constitutional question
Posted: June 11, 2009
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Officials with Clear Channel Outdoor, which calls itself the world’s largest outdoor advertising company, have joined two other large billboard providers in rejecting four simple words asking the question, “Where’s The Birth Certificate?”
Media buyers for WND have confirmed the company refused to accept a request to purchase billboard space for a campaign that is the brainchild of Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, who believes it is essential to force Obama to produce hard evidence that he is, indeed, a “natural born citizen” as the Constitution requires. He has called upon Americans to donate money to the campaign, which has, thus far, raised about $75,000 for the cause.
Farah maintains Obama has not proved he is constitutionally eligible to serve as president as a “natural born citizen,” and suggests only the release of his long-form birth certificate showing the hospital of his birth, attending physician and other details can conclusively meet that test. Obama’s presidential campaign released to select news organizations only what is known as a “certification of live birth,” a document obtainable in Hawaii in 1961 by Americans actually born outside the country.
Farah confirmed the decisions by three companies not to post the billboard question, however, has not yet even dented the billboards available across America for the campaign, and the number erected will be limited only by the donations to the campaign.The WND founder said he stepped up because no one else has.
“WND’s reporters have investigated this issue more extensively than the rest of the media combined – sending senior staff writer Jerome Corsi to Hawaii and Kenya in search of evidence,” said Farah. “We have commissioned private investigators in Honolulu. There is simply no persuasive evidence to affirm Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth. There is no hospital on the island that will confirm the first black president of the United States was born there. It’s all conjecture. And no controlling legal authority in this country has ever asked Obama to provide the proof.” “I want Americans to understand that this billboard campaign will be successful with or without CBS and Lamar,” said Farah. “There are still millions of billboards available through other companies eager to take this business. The only barrier to success is money. And I am as determined as ever to keep purchasing billboard space as our budget allows.”
Another billboard is in Buena Park, Calif., on Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and Anaheim, a heavily trafficked corridor reaching hundreds of thousands of commuters every week. An earlier billboard went up in Louisiana.
Farah said the sensitivity by large public corporations like the billboard providers demonstrates how important this politically charged issue is to the future of the country.
“I never fully realized how dangerous it is that the media in this country are so afraid of government power,” he said. “How are Americans supposed to become aware of controversial issues with this kind of heavy-handed self-censorship in place throughout corporate America? That is the reality of what we face, and the reaction to this campaign should illustrate it better than anything else I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
Clear Channel describes itself on its website as “the world’s largest outdoor advertising company with close to one million displays in 49 countries across 5 continents.”
In the U.S., it reports having just under 200,000 advertising displays.
The company issued a prepared statement in response to WND’s request for a comment, saying, “Clear Channel Outdoor has a long tradition of being politically agnostic but also has a consistent practice of rejecting copy that we view as a personal attack ad, such as the Obama Birth Certificate copy.”
The company also cited the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, which has prepared a statement dealing specifically with the “Where’s The Birth Certificate?” questions.
It states: “In the situation of the Obama birth certificate billboards, there is no First Amendment question. The First Amendment applies to governmental restrictions on speech, not on the decisions of outdoor advertising companies. We strongly stand behind the right of our companies to reject this or any other copy.”
WND reported earlier Lamar Outdoor already has begun losing business for dissing the advertising campaign’s question.
That was shortly after Lamar joined CBS in prohibiting its salesmen nationwide from accepting leases of billboards for a campaign that asks the simple question, “Where’s the birth certificate?”
Last week, WND reported CBS banned acceptance of the advertising on its 550,000 billboards across the country.
Farah said the campaign was born of frustration with timid elected officials in Washington, corrupt judges around the country and a news media that show a stunning lack of curiosity about the most basic facts of Obama’s background – especially how it relates to constitutional eligibility for the highest office in the land.
“As Obama transforms this country from self-governing constitutional republic to one governed by a central ruling elite, the simple fact remains that no controlling legal authority has established that he is indeed a ‘natural born citizen’ as the Constitution requires,” Farah said. “Obama’s promises of transparency have become a bad joke as he continues to hide simple, innocuous documents like his birth certificate and his student records.”