I read an article on the website The Hill. The article was titled “Ford denies pulling anti-bailout ad after White House call“. There was controversy over a series of Ford commercials that “staged” a press conference of real Ford owners commenting on why they purchased a Ford. One of the Ford customers said, “I wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government. I was going to buy from a manufacturer that’s standing on their own: win, lose or draw,” he responds. “That’s what America is about, taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta’ pick yourself up and go back to work. Ford is that company for me”. The White house asked Ford to stop running the commercials which they did. BUT Ford says they did not stop the commercials because of the White Houses request.
Is it appropriate for the White House to request an ad be pulled? The First Amendment is about Freedom of speech. But within that amendment, a few exceptions have been placed. One of them being “regulation of commercial speech such as advertising“. Is it appropriate? Here is my question, is the government upset that Ford did not take their bailout and is receiving praise from their loyal customers? Once again, is it appropriate? I do not believe so.