The History Channel is being sued by a Southern pride group after the basic cable channel refused to air ads from the group giving their perspective on the Civil War.
The ads from the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the conflict. One advert, which can be viewed at the left, says the South “peacefully seceded, just like our Founding Fathers did in 1776 with England,” while The NY Post reports another gives the cause of the war as “Northern congressmen were able to vote themselves virtually anything they wanted, using Southern tax money, while the South was powerless to stop it.”
The ads encourage viewers to “be proud of your Southern history and heritage,” and to not “let others do your thinking for you.”
“The one thing they seem to be kicking on was the verbiage when we said the South was invaded,” said Jack Bridwell, a commander in the group. “That seemed to bother them. We were invaded. We had legally separated from the union. We were a separate country. If they take offense to the truth, they are losing their reliability. It offends me they aren’t going to use it. I had been a big fan of the History Channel. I’ve quit watching it.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that The History Channel’s policy prohibits the selling of time to commercials that present “a partisan position on a controversial issue”, the exception being political candidates protected under campaign laws. In a press statement, the network claims the ads were purchased by a local distributor without its consent.