Millions of television sets around the country will be tuned in to watch the Super Bowl on February 5th. If Democratic candidate Terry Randall has his way, the most violent images fans will be subjected to won’t take place on the football field, but during the commercial breaks.
The fringe anti-abortion candidate is reportedly placing media buys in 40 markets during the Super Bowl and is planning to run ads that graphically depict aborted fetuses covered in blood. He is said to be using a loophole that keeps political ads for a candidate from being prohibited within 45 days of an election. In this case the loophole seems to apply to a primary elections as well.
Two years ago there was controversy surrounding a pro-life Super Bowl ad featuring quarterback Tim Tebow. But the content of that ad was benign compared to what Randall is reportedly planning to show.
Hopefully the ads won’t see the light of day. Frankly, I don’t understand how this wouldn’t be considered an FCC violation. It would be far more offensive than Janet Jackson’s exposed nipple which received heavy penalties from the Commission.