Blogger to sue MTA for rejecting pro-Israel subway ads
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller plans to sue the MTA Tuesday for rejecting her subway ad slamming Israel’s enemies.
The ad, which would have cost her $36,000, states, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad."
Geller said the MTA took issue with the word “savage,” a stance she said “defies logic,” and is “in violation of the Constitution.”
An MTA spokesman said the agency “does not approve or disapprove of issue-oriented advertisements based on the viewpoint being expressed,” adding it recently approved other ads that focused on the Middle East. “However, our advertising standards do prohibit language that demeans an individual or group.”
Geller had a similar fight with the MTA last year over an ad critical of the Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center that showed an image of a plane flying into the Twin Towers. After she sued, the MTA approved a muted version of the ad that just showed the towers without the planes and the words “why there?”