Clear Channel Pulls Radio Ad for Women's Clinic, Claims it is 'Divisive'
Ads for the recently re-opened South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, KS were recently pulled from a local radio broadcast station owned by Clear Channel citing "decency standards."
Four years after the widely-publicized murder of the clinic's previous owner, Dr. George Tiller, the Center has re-opened and has been running ads on multiple media outlets in Wichita, including two radio stations and two newspapers. But the Clear Channel-owned KZSN station has banned the ads, sparking criticism from many pro-choice activists in the area. A local general manager for Clear Channel released a statement in defense of their actions citing "a responsibility to use our best judgment to ensure that advertising topics and content are as non-divisive as possible for our local audience."
An online petition filed by Women, Action and The Media asserts that Clear Channel is "doing a disservice to women" by not running the adds in a state where reproductive care is already so scarce. As of July 26 the petition has received over 1300 signatures.
Media Resources: Jezebel 7/26/13; Media Matters for America 7/26/13; Huffington Post 7/25/13
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