WorldNetDaily has been raising donations to pay for it’s advertising billboards, the first of which reportedly appeared in Ball, Louisiana in 2009.
While the “Where’s the birth certificate?” signs have appeared across the country, some media companies (Adams Outdoor, Lamar, Clear Channel, CBS and Steen Advertising) have refused (according to WorldNetDaily) to carry them. The most recent to refuse was Adams Outdoor who said that they felt that the ad would “not be good for the company.”
In reporting this story, WorldNetDaily makes two curious statements. The first is the subtitle of the story: “Adams Outdoor Advertising fears having ‘permits pulled’ by politicians.” Other statements in the story were attributed to Adams Vice President Rick Steele. This one, however, is only attributed to an unnamed “Adams Official”, and the story suggests only phone conversations with Steele. So who said that? Did anyone really say it at all?
The second curious thing is the misleading characterization of the billboard as a “four-word question.” It is that, but it is also an ad for the WorldNetDaily web site. Contributors who think they have been promoting questions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate have, in fact, been paying for ads for WorldNetDaily. The four-word question itself is meaningless to anyone who isn’t already informed on the topic; others probably think they can go to wnd.com to order a copy their birth certificate. The police dispatcher in Ball, Louisiana, I talked to back in 2009 didn’t have any idea what the sign meant. Mainly though, those who already question the birth certificate are prime advertising targets for WorldNetDaily.
I sent an email to Adams Outdoor Advertising Vice President Rick Steele, and asked him if someone at Adams really said that they were afraid that their permits would be pulled if they displayed the WND ad. His reply: “I don’t know anything about that.”