Who Will Big Bird Support for President?
A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional the rules that have banned public TV stations from accepting and running political ads. In a two-judge to one-judge ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the ban on political advertising on PBS violated the First Amendment's free speech clause.
The rationale for the advertising ban was basically to keep public television stations from making programming choices based on the dollars they would attract from advertisers. If those stations chase the money, the programming could reflect the political taste of those with the most money to spend on TV advertising. But the Court ruled that the ban was just too broad.
The decision does not lift public TV's ban on accepting ads from for-profit commercial enterprises.
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