The hypocrisy is stunning: Muni self-righteously condemned our ads that told the truth about jihad, and turned over the money to "human rights" groups. But now Muni is fully sharia-compliant: antisemitism is fine with them, and they're in high dudgeon about resistance to jihad.
Muni Plans to Keep "Israeli Apartheid" Ad Money After Surrendering "Jihad" Ad Funds SF Weekly, May 21 2013 (thanks to David)
To date, Muni has opted to surrender $15,780 from four different runs of inflammatory ads demonizing Muslims. Now Supervisor Scott Wiener, working with the Jewish Community Relations Council has asked the transit agency
to do the same with $5,030 it pocketed after accepting bus ads labeling
Israel an apartheid state and featuring an image of a silhouetted
Israeli soldier leveling a rifle at a child. Wiener and five board colleagues yesterday sent a brief letter — which you can read here
— to Muni director Ed Reiskin and the agency's board complaining of a
double standard, and requesting the apartheid money be disgorged. Muni
spokesman Paul Rose tells us, however, that "there is no plan for these
funds to be transferred." This brings up an interesting point:
Muni does not have a quantifiable process to determine when to keep or
surrender controversial ad money. The agency, Wiener says, "hasn't
articulated a distinction" between the anti-Muslim and anti-Israel bus
See Also: Muni "Savages" "Jihad" Etc. Battling Mideast Bus Ads Fund Pending Study
The world of public transit advertising is a strange and terrible place. Muni reluctantly accepted the shrill ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative rather than lose a First Amendment lawsuit as New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority did last year.Muni subsequently handed over the nearly $16,000 from those four ADFI [sic] campaigns to the citys' [sic] Human Rights Commission — for a study, in part, examining the effect of those very ads on area Muslims.
Rose says Muni isn't inclined to send $5,030 more to the Human Rights
Commission with regards to the anti-Israel campaign because "there isn't
a study to transfer those funds to fund." So, absent a pending
study on the effects of inflammatory ads on area Jews and Israelis, Muni
doesn't see any reason to not accept current and future ads demonizing
Israel; this would appear to be "the distinction.""As our
disclaimers say, we don't necessarily agree with the content of these
ads," notes Rose. Fair enough: But, in some cases they're willing to
profit from them. And in some cases they're not.This hardly
seems to be a tenable situation. And, in his letter, Wiener suggests
Muni alter its ad policy, just as transit agencies in Seattle and
Chicago have already done in order to avoid similar situations. The Chicago Transit Authority this month declared
it will no longer "exist as a public forum for advertisements." This
means no more "political or public issue advertising" (CTA went further
in banning ads "for adult/mature rated films, television programs, and
video games."). An end to massive Muni ads featuring videogame characters hacking each other to pieces with axes
might be nice. But the cessation of billboard wars funded by the least
nuanced and most disingenuous players from the respective Middle Eastern
camps — and Muni's tortured, convoluted rationales regarding what to
do with the money — would be a downright relief.
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