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FOX News Rejects Ad Advocating Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'


FOX News has rejected an ad advocating for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", produced by the Palm Center. In the ad, military officials describe lifting the gay ban as a non-issue.

Said Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin in a press release: “I am surprised that Fox News would reject an ad featuring allied Generals, given that both host Bill O'Reilly and guest contributor Liz Cheney have expressed support for open gay service. This is an important time for input from all sides on this issue, and I hope Fox will reconsider.”

According to the Palm Center, the ad includes video clips made in May 2010 featuring Major General Walter Semianiw, Chief of Military Personnel in the Canadian Forces, and Major General Simon Willis (retired), former Head of Defence Personnel in the Australian Defence Force. Major General Semianiw has since been promoted to Lieutenant General and leads Canada Command.

Says Semianiw in the ad: “There is no negative impact of having men and women of any sexual orientation fighting together, be it in Afghanistan, be it in Iraq.” Adds Willis: “The lifting of the homosexual ban was a bit like Y2K. It was a non-event, and it continues to be a non-event.”

Watch the 30-second spot, AFTER THE JUMP...

The group intends to run its spot on other networks, Raw Story adds. Palm Center spokesperson Cathy Renna said: "The Center has submitted the ad to MSNBC and CNN and anticipates no problems."

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  1. I don't want to hear anyone defending Fox News from here out. They are officially the Joseph Goebbels News Network.

    Posted by: Wes | Nov 23, 2010 11:17:55 AM

  2. Surprise! They don't want to offend the bigot base they play to all the time. Got to stir up hate and ungrounded fear whenever possible.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Nov 23, 2010 11:20:10 AM

  3. People here have defended Fox news?!?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 23, 2010 11:31:35 AM

  4. I don't understand how Fox could possibly have any credibility with any intelligent person.

    Posted by: A.G. | Nov 23, 2010 11:34:44 AM

  5. If you're trying to change the minds of people who support DADT then you couldn't have picked two worse countries to make the point with. Conservatives are hardly likely to be impressed with what the CANADIAN and AUSTRALIAN militaries think. Right or wrong, people don't think of Canada and Australia when they think of fierce fighting forces.

    They would have been more effective with using ONLY Israel and England and maybe Germany.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 23, 2010 11:46:55 AM

  6. So much for "Fair And Balanced Reporting".

    Posted by: steve | Nov 23, 2010 1:02:21 PM

  7. You mean that Faux News isn't completely fair and balanced? Say it isn't so!

    Posted by: Doctor Whom | Nov 23, 2010 1:16:51 PM

  8. @steve i thought it was fairly unbalanced news

    Posted by: George | Nov 23, 2010 1:51:05 PM

  9. FOX can air Glee and two men kissing, but not this ad... go figure

    Posted by: Fred | Nov 23, 2010 4:17:14 PM

  10. Its Fox News the ad doesn't conform to their sheep

    Posted by: kevin dement | Nov 24, 2010 4:56:24 AM

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