NBC News 'Scuttled' Chelsea Clinton Campaign Ads Promoting Gay Marriage

BuzzFeed reporter Chris Geidner reported over the long weekend that NBC News blocked backers of a pro-gay marriage initiative in Washington state from using a video starring their employee Chelsea Clinton urging voters to vote Yes for the homosexual agenda.

“Clinton, a vocal proponent of marriage equality, cut the video for a group supporting the Washington state measure, as well as a second video for another group,” Geidner reported. But NBC “scuttled” the campaign, sources told him.

Three people who saw the videos confirmed their existence to BuzzFeed. They were fully prepared, with the script approved in advance, one source said. The video wasn’t intended for TV broadcast, a second source said, suggesting they were instead to be used as web-based videos. The source added that multiple efforts had been intended beneficiaries of the former First Daughter’s support....

No one would confirm on the record who the intended beneficiaries were, but the sources said that Washington’s effort to approve Referendum 74 and the social media-based marriage equality effort, TheFour.com, would have been among the groups to have benefited.

Chelsea Clinton is "thought by many in the Clinton circle to be eyeing a political future, and her public support for marriage was an early step in that direction."

The activists at Queerty say NBC should get over the appearance of nonpartisanship or objectivity: "We understand a news outlet wanting to keep its on-air talent away from big public stances on the issues of the day. But Clinton has already appeared at various LGBT fundraisers and been outspoken in her support—as have out newsfolk like Don Lemon and Thomas Roberts. Maybe we should just accept that the days of opinion-free journalists are over."

We understand a news outlet wanting to keep its on-air talent away from big public stances on the issues of the day. But Clinton has already appeared at various LGBT fundraisers and been outspoken in her support—as have out newsfolk like Don Lemon and Thomas Roberts. Maybe we should just accept that the days of opinion-free journalists are over.

Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/nbc-news-nixed-chelsea-clintons-marriage-equality-commercials-20121123/#ixzz2DMKg49DW
Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis