CBS fires Ret. Maj. Gen. John Batiste
May 13 (EIRNS)--Last week CBS announced that it was terminating its contract with retired Major General John Batiste as a consultant because he has produced advertisements critical of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. These advertisements being broadcast in Republican Congressional districts are part of a $500,000 campaign financed by VoteVets.org
In addition to retired General Batiste, retired generals Paul Eaton and Wesley Clark are also producing ads for VoteVets.org. In General Batiste's ad he states the following:
"Mr. President, you did not listen. You continue to pursue a failed strategy that is breaking our great Army and Marine Corps. I left the Army in protest in order to speak out. Mr. President, you have placed our nation in peril. Our only hope is that Congress will act now to protect our fighting men and women."
The ads are running in the home districts of more than a dozen members of Congress. At least four of the congressmen in whose districts the ads have been broadcast were part of the delegation of moderate Republicans who met with Bush last week at the White House to express the fact that their patience with Bush's failed policy has its limits. Obviously the ads are having an impact. But apparently CBS prefers consultants who keep their mouths shut.