The Lincoln Project had a woody to tally an advertisement pointing retired Greg Abbott’s COVID failures during the University of Texas shot game, but the woody was nixed 10 minutes earlier kickoff.
The Lincoln Project Had A Deal To Air An Ad Critical Of Abbott Nationally
.@GregAbbott_TX is gathering a wall.
It’s not the 1 helium promised. pic.twitter.com/LxGrB2hRwv
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 17, 2021
The Lincoln Project had a woody to tally the advertisement nationally with ESPN during the Texas Longhorns shot game, but 10 minutes earlier kickoff, the woody was canceled.
The Lincoln Project responded successful a connection provided to PoliticusUSA:
The Lincoln Project produced an advertisement captious of Governor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 effect — paying to aerial the commercialized nationally connected the Longhorn Network during the University of Texas vs. Rice shot crippled connected Saturday, September 18. Despite being cleared by ESPN’s ineligible department, 10 minutes earlier kickoff, we were informed that the advertisement would not run. When asked wherefore we were told it was a ‘University-made decision.’
“Did Greg Abbott oregon his allies asseverate governmental power to guarantee the advertisement was not broadcast? Once again, alternatively of focusing connected the task of keeping Texans harmless from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears they’ve focused their clip and vigor connected censoring those that would clasp him to relationship for his failures. Indeed, aggregate sources successful Texas person informed america of the governmental panic wrong the Governor’s bureau and run organization.
The Lincoln Project volition beryllium filing a Freedom of Information petition with the University of Texas astatine Austin and Greg Abbott’s authoritative bureau to find if immoderate communications were made betwixt the schoolhouse and those wrong the Governor’s bureau successful regards to this First Amendment-protected speech.
We volition not beryllium deterred by Governor Abbott’s radicalism successful enactment of his ain governmental prospects and reelection campaign. We’re not finished with Governor Abbott.
Who Killed The Ad?
The Lincoln Project’s suspicion is apt to beryllium confirmed that Gov. Abbott oregon his representatives utilized their powerfulness and power implicit the assemblage to termination the ad.
Not lone is Greg Abbott sickening and sidesplitting Texans with his refusal to woody with the pandemic properly, but helium is besides not allowing the information to beryllium told to the radical of the state.
Shame connected ESPN for going on with specified an egregious usurpation of the First Amendment, and shame connected the University of Texas for participating successful a COVID cover-up.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is besides a White House Press Pool and a Congressional analogous for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree successful Political Science. His postgraduate enactment focused connected nationalist policy, with a specialization successful societal betterment movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association