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NBC Approves Rejected 'Iran' Ad After Billionaire Pickens Calls Them Out

NBC has approved an advertisement by T. Boone Pickens titled "Iran" after the billionaire oil investor went public that the network had rejected his ads.

Pickens said that the video ads have been cleared by every US television network except for NBC and called out the unit of General Electric Co., the world's sixth largest company, to reconsider its rejection.

In the 15-second ad, which can also be seen below, Pickens says: "Get this one, Iran is changing its cars to run on natural gas and we're not doing a thing here. They're doing this to use less oil and sell it for a $120 a barrel. We can switch our cars to natural gas and stop sending our dollars to foreign countries."

Pickens claims the problem was that NBC wanted him to prove that "we're not doing a thing here", as he says in the spot, adding "sometimes you just have to wonder."

But of course, a day after Pickens' statement, the network has approved the ad claiming that they just hadn't gotten around to reviewing it in detail.

August 28, 2008 |

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