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There's a new organization out there called "Freedom's Watch." (Useful rule of thumb: if a law or an organization contains happy buzzwords--freedom, patriot, America--look very carefully to see if what they're promoting is in any way related to those words. "Clean Skies Initiative," anyone? It doesn't sound like a bill loosening the restrictions on air pollution, does it?
So whose freedom is Freedom's Watch watching? Only the freedom of those who agree with it, apparently. The group, composed largely of Bush supporters and headed up by ex-White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, is running a series of ads urging citizens to support the Iraq War.
Now, there's nothing wrong with that. It's called free speech, as long as the networks are equally willing to run ads urging citizens to discourage the Iraq War.
The problem is, they urge viewers to call Congress and tell them about the War in Iraq. And they provide a phone number so people can do just that.
But when you call, they ask whether you support the war. And if you don't...they won't put you through to your Congressman. They'll only do that if you support the war. And the ad doesn't say "call this number to tell Congress to support the war." It says to call the number to tell Congress how you feel about the war. I do believe that's what they call false advertising.
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