The Twelve Days of Censorship

In 2004 a billboard rented by Project Billboard was slated to be posted in Times Square during the Republican National Convention. The billboard read “Democracy is best taught by example, not by war” and had an image of a bomb with a stars and stripes pattern.

Clear Channel, owner of this and half the billboards in Times Square, reserved their contractual ability “to reject ad copy that is deemed “obscene” or “false” or that “violates laws” or is “offensive to the moral standards of the community.”” A company representative said the message was fine, but the bomb imagery was “inappropriate” in New York City.

Ultimately a compromise was reached: the bomb became a dove and the billboard went up.

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