Bush Wiretapping Billboard Under Fire


A billboard in Boston featuring an image of President Bush's eyes and the URL littlebrotheriswatching.com, which points to a site about the Bush administration's domestic wiretapping program, has come under fire from Massachusetts state Outdoor Advertising Board officials who sent the board owner, John Rosenthal, a letter stating, "You are directed to remove this billboard forthwith." Rosenthal, who also owns the 252 foot long antigun billboard along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston, feels he's "being scrutinized for encouraging free speech and democracy" because several state officials are now asking the OAB about the legality this waivered billboard - a board that's had grandfathered approval for the past 11 years. While all parties are denying it, Rosenthal and Boston Globe columnist Brian McGory wonder if there's political motivations behind these recent activities.

by Steve Hall    Mar-31-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Outdoor, Policy   

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100% politically motivated. No doubt about it. The site is alright. They should have used a hotter chick to wear the t-shirt though.

Posted by: John on March 31, 2006 3:21 PM

It's a political billboard and the owner has every right to post it. Here in southern Michigan, there used to be a series of religious billboards "from God". Even though I don't agree with their messages, that's fine too. Now if I were to put up billboards that advocated some other non-mainstream religion, I would get all kinds of flack to remove them. It's just a double standard we have about freedom of speech that we have here in the USA

Posted by: Atul on March 31, 2006 3:29 PM

I am sure Bush cronies over at Clear Channel have a lot of influence over most Outdoor Advertising Board officials in most states, since Clear Channel owns a lot of billboards.

Posted by: Nick D on March 31, 2006 3:50 PM

The “little brother” is the problem. Of course everyone knows it’s a cute attempt to disparage the intelligence of the President while making a political point. I’ll vehemently defend his right when he changes it to big brother.

Posted by: Rex on March 31, 2006 9:31 PM

oh no! not again!

Posted by: 10 advertising on April 2, 2006 1:22 AM

So, wait. Rex will "vehemently defend" his right when he changes the board to something more in line with Rex's views?

Talk about a double standard.

Posted by: what the? on April 3, 2006 9:45 AM

Billboard stays up, good. Billboard forced down, bad. Pro-life stays up, religious statement stays up, political campaigns stay up... Freedom = staying up.

Posted by: mordacious on April 3, 2006 5:43 PM