U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s attorney has succeeded in getting one Charleston media outlet to pull an ad that attacked DeMint’s eight-year-old position against gays teaching in public schools.
Warren Redman-Gress, executive director of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, said the story has received national attention in the gay and lesbian community since it first was reported this week.
“People just can’t believe one person can stop an advocacy campaign just because he doesn’t like the fact he was quoted in it,” he said.
The ad begins: “What if you saw this headline: Senator Jim DeMint: Jews Should Not Teach Public School. You wouldn’t tolerate such blatant prejudice and persecution. Substitute the word ‘gay’ and the reality is, you do.”
DeMint’s Washington attorney, Cleta Mitchell, had asked Charleston area televisions stations to pull the ad.
WCBD Channel 2 had asked the alliance to edit the ad by including a disclaimer clarifying that the first headline with the word “Jews” in it was not a real headline. A similar disclaimer appears under the second headline clarifying that it’s real.
WCBD station manager Rick Lipps said he made the request to eliminate any confusion, not in reaction to political pressure.
AFFA declined to edit the ad, so WCBD pulled it. In response, AFFA declined to let the station air its two less controversial ads.
It’s ridiculous to even ponder the notion that anyone looking at the ad would think that DeMint was anti-Semitic.
Seems to me that the claim the DeMint people are making is bogus. And in the case of one station, the bogus complaint has succeeded: