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Va. lawmaker asks for removal of ‘Go to hell Barack’ Metro ad

An advertisement at a Metro station — one that criticizes the Obama administration’s health-care reform initiatives and ends by telling the president to “go to hell” — has crossed the line, according to one congressman from Northern Virginia.

“Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America’s entire medical system,” reads an ad posted at the Clarendon Metro station in Arlington. “Go to hell Barack.”

Jim Moran (D-Va.) wrote a letter to Metro General Manager Richard Sarles on Wednesday calling for the swift removal of the ad, saying “minimum standards of decency must be maintained through a vetting process.”

The ad was an advertisement for “Sick and Sicker: When the Government Becomes Your Doctor,” a movie made by filmmakers hoping to expose problems they see with President Obama’s health-care reform law by compiling interviews with Canadian doctors and medical patients. You can view the film’s trailer here . (Noticeably absent are interviewees telling anyone to to go hell.)

Metro has released a statement that said WMATA advertising is protected by the First Amendment and that the agency “may not decline ads based on their political content.”

Full statement:

“WMATA advertising has been ruled by the courts as a public forum protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, and we may not decline ads based on their political content. WMATA does not endorse the advertising on our system, and ads do not reflect the position of the Authority.”


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