If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system.
When Pres. Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress tonight, he won't be talking about abortion, but that's what's goting to be one the minds of viewers upset about CNN's rejection of a pro-life ad based on his life story.
The ad, "Imagine" features an ultrasound image of a fetus while a narrator talks about the challenges that await its birth: an absent father, a single mother, poverty. Despite this, the narrator says, the child will grow up to be President. Fade to a picture of Obama and the tagline: "Life: Imagine the Potential."You can see it here:
Once upon a time when there were only three television networks and Americans believed in God, Walter Cronkite and the President (in that order), there was a doctrine in journalism that there had to be an absolute separation between the business and editorial affairs of a news operation. That separation was so serious that it came to be known in some circles as "the wall." It's even been called the "church-state" separation.