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Comcast Rejects Antiwar TV Spots

Associated Press
Wednesday, January 29, 2003; Page A07

ATLANTIC CITY, Jan. 28 -- The Comcast cable television company rejected ads that an antiwar group wanted to air during President Bush's State of the Union speech, saying they included unsubstantiated claims.

Peace Action Education Fund had spent $5,000 to have six 30-second ads aired on CNN by Philadelphia-based Comcast beginning tonight. During his speech, Bush reiterated his case for war.

The ads were to be broadcast in the Washington area. But Comcast's legal department notified the group this morning that the ads would not air.

"Comcast runs advertisements from many sources representing a wide range of viewpoints, pro and con," Comcast spokesman Mitchell Schmale said in a statement issued this evening. "However, we must decline to run any spot that fails to substantiate certain claims or charges. In our view, this spot raises such questions."

The statement did not specify what Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, found objectionable.

The ads show citizens expressing opposition to war with Iraq and were to run twice tonight, Wednesday and Thursday.

The idea was to reach Congress members, Cabinet members and other Washington decision makers, said the Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the 2,000-member peace group, which is based in Princeton, N.J.

"This is an outrageous infringement on our First Amendment rights, in the center of our democracy, Washington, D.C.," he said.

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