UPDATE: Tens of Thousands Demand FCC Take Action Over Israel Ad

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | February 13, 2024 – Over the past day, tens of thousands of community members contacted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the ad aired by CBS and paid for by the State of Israel. The ad ran in violation of FCC rules – CBS failed to include the disclaimers required by FCC regulations when a foreign government purchases airtime in the. The overwhelming response from viewers sends a message – the FCC must hold CBS and the NFL accountable.

Earlier today the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) reached out to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to reinforce the concerns shared by the public. The FCC’s rules are clear: Broadcasts, especially those with content sponsored by foreign governments, must include clear disclaimers so viewers are aware of the source. Not disclosing that Israel is behind the broadcast is not just a violation of regulatory standards by CBS and the NFL, it is also a breach of public trust.

ADC National Executive Director Abed Ayoub said, “It is imperative that the FCC take action. Networks like CBS have an obligation to inform the American public when they are selling air time to foreign governments, and this includes Israel. Failure to abide by these regulations will allow for the free flow of foreign propaganda across our airwaves, something that should concern every American.”

This is one of many efforts ADC is taking to ensure that the U.S. government and private corporations are held accountable. To help ADC continue this and other efforts please consider making a contribution today .

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