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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Muni Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Buses, Calling Palestinians "Savages"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Update (2:39 p.m.): Muni spokesman Paul Rose called us to say that the agency's policy states that it doesn't allow political ads that specifically deal with political candidates or ballot measures in upcoming elections.

Original Story (9 a.m.):We're not sure when the Israel vs. Palestine conflict became a nonpolitical issue, but apparently it is -- to Muni. The transit agency, which has a policy against running political ads, is running this very political ad on its buses for the next four weeks:

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So if that's not political, what is? A shirtless photo of Paul Ryan, perhaps?

When ABC News asked Muni spokesman Paul Rose how the hell this ad wasn't political, he "struggled" to answer. But in the end, the agency figured it wasn't worth all the lawsuits it could get slapped with if it didn't run the pro-Israel ad.

In fact, the day San Francisco started rolling with this ad, is the same day a judge ruled in New York City that its Metropolitan Transit Agency couldn't legally refuse to run it on buses in the Big Apple.

If the ad wasn't considered political before, it sure is now.

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