The commercial was intended to be aired Tuesday evening on WRC-TV, an affiliate of NBC in Washington, D.C., to coincide with the president’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The commercial is so offensive the station refused to air it. While intended as a parody, it insults TransCanada Corp. CEO Russ Girling, whose company is proposing Keystone XL; it’s a low blow to Canada; and it shows the anti-Keystone campaign is in desperate need of adult supervision.
“It is evident from the bizarre advertorial’s contempt for the truth that its sponsor wishes to mislead the public, ridicule and demonize the project and tarnish Canada’s strong environmental record,” Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, said in an email. “This is unfortunate since the project would enhance North America’s energy security, create jobs and contribute to environmental stewardship on both sides of the border.”
Why the latest anti-Keystone pipeline ad is a low blow to Canada | Financial Post