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I sent this earlier today. Please feel free to send a similar letter to MSNBC....

To Whom It May Concern:
I was watching MSNBC this afternoon where you featured an ad sponsored by the Committee For Israel, a right-wing organization that tries to get Jews to vote Republican. Due to the distastefulness of and untruths in the advertisement, I am writing to ask you to stop accepting ads from Committee For Israel and to apologize for airing this ad.
The ad, aired at about 3pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, claimed that Occupy Wall Street protestors are primarily a anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, and showed protestors holding signs with trigger words like "Hitler." It was filmed in a news-like or documentary style to add to its pretense of legitimacy.
As a progressive Jew, I cannot say that I have ever favored this organization or its message, but I don't often write to news organizations on the ad revenue they take in. This particular ad was incredibly distasteful. I've been to the affiliated DC protest, and have many Jewish and non-Jewish friends involved in the Wall Street protest. Jews have been primary actors in these protests - holding services on Yom Kippur and the Sabbath, and erecting sukkahs in observance of Sukkot at the protest sites. Judaism and its adherents have been treated with nothing but respect from other protestors. The concept that the "top 1%" or "the bankers" are synonyms for "Jews" is a fabrication of the protest's opponents.
Please stop accepting ads from Committee For Israel and please apologize for airing this misleading and insulting ad.
I look forward to your reply,
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EDIT:  I submitted it on a black hole contact form on their website with the subject "MSNBC TV - general" and feedback type "Correction request."  (also added the link to the ad)

EDIT 2: Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] weirdjews which has resulted in the longest civil discussion I've ever seen!
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