Originally Posted by savvy
Why target ABC?
It isn't a corporate issue or about ABC's policies.
It's about an opinion that a host had. If there is going to be a nurse-in, why not focuss it on the person or persons who made the offensive remark?
It makes no sense to me.
And I have been a part of the century 21 protest and the NYC library too.
I am all for activism.
ABC is the focus of this particular action because they produce The View and are ultimately responsible for it. They hired these women, they pay them and they continue to keep them on air. Yes, we are extremely dismayed with the women on The View, the adversarial position that they took against breastfeeding, especially nursing in public and their lack of understanding of this subject. We are, however, more upset with ABC for not correcting that ignorance and insisting on fair, balanced and accurate reporting. Since the women of The View refuse to reign themselves in and rise to a level of journalistic integrity that includes showing all sides to an issue, not just the ones they happen to personally agree with, we are hoping that ABC and its top executives will take notice and action so that true, correct and unbiased information is disseminated in forums such as The View. We do not want to take a chance that public media will sway opinion in such a way that breastfeeding and nursing in public is considered obscene and subject to being outlawed.
Here's the issue re: Location: The View tapes in a location that is kind of out of the way. ABC headquarters is on Columbus Ave.; it has a lot better exposure. Sure, we could have stood outside the doors of The View, but a lot less people would have seen us. We'll be way more visible on Columbus. And isn't that what we want, the most visibility?
Yes, the PR was sort of confusing. I relied on some information that was obviously not completely correct. I didn't grow up in the city and only know a little about it. At the point the PR went out, I didn't have anyone with firsthand knowledge of the area and the tv show to run it by. So, this is what we've got and so we need to just go with it. I added the clarification so hopefully, if people read it, they'll understand a bit better what we're aiming for.
The information in the press release had already been widely disseminated before I wrote that up. It was a done deal by the time I got involved. This is grassroots in action, so it's not always perfect. We're seriously doing the best we can. What we need right now are people pitching in and helping us make this thing work. Negative attitudes aren't going to get anything accomplished and we'll waste time rethinking things that have already been decided.
We have a duty as women to support other women in raising their children. BFing is one of the most natural aspects of that and by raising awareness of these issues, we can work on steering the societal consciousness back to the understanding that BFing is the NORM and should be considered the standard. It's only through education and taking the stigma away that we will begin to turn the tide and make sure that every mother has the support she needs for a fulfilling nursing relationship with her children. This is only a step in the process, and as imperfect as it may be, it's a step in the right direction.