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CNN Rejects Anti-War Ad

January 11, 1991| Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A television ad that contends American troops are being asked to die for a Middle East ruler's oil is too sensational and controversial to air, Cable News Network and three local TV stations say.

The broadcast outlets rejected the 30-second ad, financed by the Military Families Support Network.

"We scrabbled together the money for this ad" and now "we're having trouble getting it aired," Alex Molnar, whose Marine son was sent to Saudi Arabia last August, complained at a news conference Thursday.

The ad made "claims we didn't feel they could substantiate," said Bob Casazza, vice president of audience development for ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington.

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