Fresh Paint
Monday, July 12, 2004
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Antiwar Group Says Its Ad Is Rejected
A group of antiwar advocates is accusing Clear Channel Communications, one of the nation's largest media companies, with close ties to national Republicans, of preventing the group from displaying a Times Square billboard critical of the war in Iraq.
"I think the idea that political advertising is banned from some part of New York City would be repellent to New Yorkers," Mr. Wolfson said. "I guess we can have a war, but we can't talk about it."
SF Gate has a better version, including info about the group, Project Billboard:
A group of prominent Bay Area women, including pioneering chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, is jousting with media giant Clear Channel Communications over a minimalist anti-war billboard they want to unfurl in New York City's Times Square amid flashy ads for Broadway shows, banks and sneakers.
Apparently they didn't like the bomb, so the group redesigned with a dove.

Still not good enough. What did they really want? According to NYT,
A lawyer for Project Billboard, Doug Curtis, said that at one point Clear Channel suggested that the group use a less provocative billboard ad, one with the image of a little girl waving a flag accompanied by the words, "Democracy is best taught by example."
Gag! FYI, the NYT article makes no mention that this is a group of women. Interesting.

Also, FYI, I can't find a link anywhere to this group. If anyone knows of one, please let me know.

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