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Ford Anti-Bailout Commercial Censored By Obama Administration

In Economy, Ford Motor Company, Freedom of Speech, Government Bailouts, Obama Administration on September 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Despite Constitutional protection for freedom of speech, the Obama Administration pressured the Ford Motor Company to pull a video ad.   This demonstrates exactly why the government should never, ever own private companies; the temptation is too great for the government to pressure and handicap competitors (e.g. Ford) of the companies owned by the government (e.g. Chrysler and GM).

I do not care what justification the Obama Administration uses for pressuring Ford.  There is no justification because the federal government should never be favoring one company over another.  Washington should not be interfering in the advertising choices of a privately owned company.

The actual facts make this even more distributing.  The ad series features Ford customers who make unscripted remarks about why they buy Ford. [1]    Daniel Howes of the Detroit News reports, “a guy named ‘Chris’ says he ‘wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government.’  Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House questioned whether the copy was publicly denigrating the controversial bailout policy.”

In the ad, Chris says, “I was going to buy from a manufacturer that’s standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That’s what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta’ pick yourself up and go back to work.” 

It is wholly inconsistent with economic freedom and American capitalism for any White House to pressure a private company to pull its advertisement because the government doesn’t like the way it portrays another company.  

Ford Drive One Ad

[1] “The unscripted ad, filmed in a mock “press conference” format, featured an F-150 owner named Chris who supported Ford” in http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1066619_ford-yanks-tv-ad-critical-of-bailouts

 [2]  http://www.detnews.com/article/20110927/OPINION03/109270322/Howes–Ford-pulls-its-ad-on-bailouts

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