Samuel L. Jackson Wins Round Against Randall Terry; MRC TV Pulls Jackson Videos, Suspends Terry's Account
Brent Bozell's Media Research Center -- Host of Randall Terry's Campaign Videos -- bows to pressure, and removes "The New Uncle Tom" and "He's Carrying Water for Racists." Mr. Terry states: "This is a disgrace. We pray Brent Bozell and MRC come to their senses, and put the videos back up. Honor dictates no less."
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Randall Terry comments on latest developments concerning his ad and video responses to Samuel L. Jackson's "Wake the F*** Up!" video:
"Score 'one' for Samuel L. Jackson. For the moment, the Hollywood elite has silenced dissent -- with the help and fear of a 'pro-life, conservative, Christian' organization, Media Research Center. We are weighing our options.
"For the meantime, the public will be deprived of the ability to see this message, and debate its merits. I stand by my claim, without apology: Mr. Jackson is carrying water for racists, and has taken on the role of 'the New Uncle Tom' by endorsing Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest killer of unborn black babies.
"Our campaign is almost out of money; the loss of Internet exposure cripples our efforts to influence voters."
(People can still donate at www.UncleTomJackson.com to run the controversial 30-second ad on TV.)
On October 13, Matt Labash of The Weekly Standard broke the story about Randall Terry's 30-second TV ad, "Samuel L. Jackson Carries Water for Racists," and an accompanying comedy video, "The New Uncle Tom." www.weeklystandard.com/articles/randall-terry-shoots-ad_654411.html?page=1
The TV commercial was aired on over 100 TV stations; the comedy video was praised or condemned from all quarters. Mr. Jackson's attorneys contacted TV stations, and Mr. Terry, demanding the commercial be pulled from the air. They claimed Mr. Jackson was enduring "substantial emotional distress" from the TV ad.
Mother Jones covered the flap -- and the threatened lawsuit -- on Thursday afternoon. www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/10/samuel-l-jackson-threatens-lawsuit-over-uncle-tom-ad
By the close of business, Mr. Terry's account with Media Research Center was suspended, and the videos pulled.
An MRC official contacted Mr. Terry by email, saying he had seen the Mother Jones article, and wrote:
"We are a 501(c)(3). [We] are prohibited from promoting any candidate or legislation. While I may personally sympathize with the content, rules are rules and MRCTV cannot run political ads for campaigns."
Mr. Terry responds:
"Once again, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization considered their tax-exempt status more important than babies' lives, and the truth. We can understand Mr. Jackson fighting back as he defends baby killing; but for Brent Bozell and Media Research Center to surrender to child killers in the name of their tax-exempt status is unconscionable.
"This is a day to grieve, and to learn. Let the world see that in yet another 'conservative, pro-life' organization, money trumps human life. I ask the thoughtful reader this question: 'What matters more to God? Human life, or 30 pieces of silver?'"
Ironically and prophetically, The Weekly Standard gave extensive coverage to Mr. Terry's relentless criticism of 501c3 tax-exempt groups, showing how ineffectual they have become. MRC provides another tragic example. Mr. Terry stated: "The pro-life movement became the pro-life establishment. The pro-life establishment became the pro-life industry. The pro-life industry became collaborators." www.weeklystandard.com/articles/randall-terry-shoots-ad_654411.html?page=1
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