A seemingly innocuous “get well soon” public message to the President and First Lady was denied placement on a digital billboard located in New York City’s Theater District yesterday. The sign hangs above the Ripley’s Believe it or Not building, located on 42nd Street near Times Square. Scott Adams, of Red State Talk Radio (image […]
A seemingly innocuous “get well soon” public message to the President and First Lady was denied placement on a digital billboard located in New York City’s Theater District yesterday. The sign hangs above the Ripley’s Believe it or Not building, located on 42nd Street near Times Square.
Scott Adams, of Red State Talk Radio (image of actual sign at issue is depicted in link), the media group which has the space in question secured on the billboard and was seeking to place the public service message on behalf of a third party, said that the reason given for denying the advertisement is that the no “political ads” were being accepted. The ad itself, depicted above, contained no political endorsement nor was it affiliated with the President’s campaign.
South Dakota’s Stephanie Lien D’Urso, the woman whose organization, Magahearts, was behind the idea and design of the digital board said she was shocked and saddened when she heard the news that the signage would not be permitted (a total display time of two minutes per hour, according to Adams). “Are my children really facing a world where you may not be allowed to pay to have kindhearted messages of prayer and support for an ill American President and First Lady,” she said. “When did we lose our freedom to act as kind human beings with nothing but good intentions in our hearts?”
While Lien D’Urso is politically active, she says that this particular message was not intended to be partisan. “The message was a simple one of prayers and well wishes for our First Family,” she said. D’Urso quoted the late Dr. Martin Luther King in saying “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. There is simply far too much hate and darkness in our country today.”
For his part, Adams says that Red State has not typically had any trouble in posting “conservative” messages on the board, but he believes the name of Donald Trump has become too great a flashpoint, no matter the purpose of display. “While I understand ownership not wanting to post political content above a commercial tourist business, I also think it is tragic that we have devolved to the point in America where sending someone a get well wish from a serious illness is considered political.”
Adams also speculated as to whether or not the same sort of rebuke would have…
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