Freedom of speech has nothing to do with Super Bowl ads

February 02, 2010

Would The Sun please stop printing letters or articles that promote the idea of "freedom of speech" in Super Bowl Ads? If one would like to admonish Susan Reimer to purchase her own Super Bowl ad, fine, but do not include allusions to freedom of speech because CBS and other like media are not government entitites. No Constitutional issue of speech is implicated without the government stopping speech. Last I looked CBS is not the U.S.A.

Super Bowl ads are a commercial venture. If one wants to buy an ad and a media outlet wants to air it, done deal. If one wants to buy an ad that the media entity doesn't want to air, done deal.

Now everyone go and scrape up enough money to buy the advertisements that they think need airing. Good luck.

Bill Burnham, Baltimore

Send your comments to

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.