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Queer Talk: Chelsea Clinton’s Marriage Equality Ad Barred by NBC News

An exclusive from Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed:

NBC News blocked backers of a key marriage equality measure in Washington State from using a video featuring Chelsea Clinton urging voters to support a state-wide referendum on gay marriage, BuzzFeed has learned.

Clinton, a vocal proponent of marriage equality, cut the video for a group supporting the Washington state measure, as well as a second video for another group. But NBC, for which Clinton works as a ‘special correspondent’ since last November, ‘scuttled’ the campaign, sources familiar with the ads said. …

Three people who saw the videos confirmed their existence to BuzzFeed. They were fully prepared, with the script approved in advance, one source said. The video wasn’t intended for TV broadcast, a second source said, suggesting they were instead to be used as web-based videos.

TheFour.com, a group which successfully worked with others to pass marriage equality laws in Washington, Maryland and Maine, and to defeat a Minnesota effort to ban same-sex couples from marrying by way of a constitutional amendment, was apparently to be one beneficiary of the Clinton video.

In the video, a third source said that Clinton described her belief that everyone should have the freedom to marry, detailed the importance of the upcoming votes, and stated that success in the states voting on marriage would send a message to rest of the country.

Geidner reports that Buzzfeed inquiries to NBC and to a “Clinton spokesperson” had not received responses at the time the article was posted. He also indicated that The New York Post had earlier reported that it was Clinton’s contract with NBC News which kept the video she made from being used.

(Chelsea Clinton photo via Chelsea Clinton FB)

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6 Responses to Queer Talk: Chelsea Clinton’s Marriage Equality Ad Barred by NBC News

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter November 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    hate to say it but if she was under contract to NBC and part of their policy is no political work by the hired help…..

    • Joyce Arnold November 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

      Yep, if that’s the policy — and apparently it is — then the decision makes sense. Maybe there’s more to it, but I’ve seen nothing about that. Well, other than the speculation that this was perhaps a move by Chelsea Clinton toward getting into politics. But since she’s already been actively involved in support of marriage equality, I don’t know how much sense that makes.

  2. jinbaltimore November 25, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    If it is a policy it seems to be a selectively enforced one, hence Chris Matthews’ tingle.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 25, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Big difference between Matthews kinda creepy outburst and sitting down and doing a pro-marriage equality spot for broadcast by an overtly political organization…we’re not even talking apples to oranges…more like apples to a car battery.

    • Joyce Arnold November 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      You’re very likely correct about “selectivity.” I’d guess the policy is broadly written, and so can, in fact, be selectively enforced. It would be very interesting to hear from the Chelsea Clinton spokesperson.

    • Cujo359 November 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      Have to agree with secularhumanizinevoluter here. If there are examples of other NBC correspondents making ads supporting some political cause or other and they were aired with NBC’s OK, then there’s a case to be made that this is selective. Matthew’s various on-air ejaculations are another issue. There’s definitely a set of “cleared” opinions that will allow one to be on air at one of the news channels, but beyond that opinion shows (which is what most “news” these days appears to be on TV) tend to let the talent say what they want.

      You know, because it would be irresponsible not to speculate. ;-)

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