By Mark Rhoads -
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that ESPN reversed its decision not to run an ad for the Cardinal Glennon Hospital because of its reference to Jesus Christ in Christmas. A combination of public pressure and common sense seemed to prevail. Notified on the air of the reversal, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly simply read the statement and let it stand for itself and then he said, "Good for ESPN." Sarah Palin had also tweeted her condemnation of ESPN for the earlier anti-freedom of speech for faith policy at ESPN.
Here is part of the story from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the ESPN statement. "Thursday afternoon, Dan Buck, executive director of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation in St. Louis, heard from an ESPN spokesman that the sports network had changed its mind."
“He said: ‘We decided to take a harder look and it is well within the standards. We apologize for the mixup,’ ” Buck said of his phone conversation with Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN. “I said: ‘I appreciate you making the right decision. America will be happy you made the right decision, and I’m sorry it came to this."
In an emailed statement to the Post-Dispatch prior to his conversation with Buck, Krulewitz said: “We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards.”
"The reversal came less than 24 hours after conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly referred to ESPN’s decision as an example of the “War on Christmas.” Buck said that ESPN probably bowed to media pressure as networks such as CNN and ABC began carrying the story and it began spreading through social media."
The ad that ESPN will now be running: