Wednesday, February 14, 2007

NFL Refuses Super Bowl Recruitment Ad From Border Patrol Because It Mentioned The Borders


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   Not that it really matters all that much, but I ran across this piece in the Washington Times on the NFL refusing to air a recruitment ad from the U.S. Border Patrol  during the Super bowl last week because the NFL considered the ad to controversial to run because it mentioned things that the agents would be doing, like fighting against terrorism, stopping the flow of drugs, and stopping those pesky illegal aliens from crossing the border.

    Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL:   "The ad that the department submitted was specific to Border Patrol, and it mentioned terrorism. We were not comfortable with that. The borders, the immigration debate is a very controversial issue, and we were sensitive to any perception we were injecting ourselves into that                                                            We proposed a more generic recruiting ad for the department that didn't highlight the borders, which brings up the immigration issue and the immigration debate. That's controversial."

   Am I missing something here? Let me see here. Border Patrol. If you are going to do an ad for recruits, should you not be allowed to mention that the job requires you to maybe work along the border? how the hell can you do an ad with any guts to it without mentioning the border if it is for the Border Patrol?

   Border Patrol agents took this as a knock on themselves and their jobs, and rightfully so!