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Stanford demands anti-Prop. 37 ad be changed

'No On 37' ad shot on campus without university's permission

A political campaign opposing California's Proposition 37 has landed in hot water with Stanford University after the university said a political advertisement and campaign literature violated its policies.

The political ad features Dr. Henry Miller, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and a spokesman for the "No On 37" campaign. In the ad, Miller is on campus speaking against the proposition, which would require genetically altered plant and animal products to be labeled as such.

Both the ad and mailers sent by the campaign identify Miller as "M.D., Stanford University."

University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said the ad violated university policy because it was shot on campus without the university's permission, it appeared to identify Miller as a physician at Stanford rather than a research fellow and because the ad could have been interpreted to show Stanford as having a position on the issue.

"Stanford doesn't take political positions, but individuals are allowed to," she said. "As a nonprofit educational institution, we don't take a position on candidates or ballot measures, and we don't approve of any advertising that gives impression that Stanford has a position or is giving support to an issue."

Stanford ordered the television ad to be reshot off campus and to have the misidentification corrected in the ad and campaign mailers, although some of the mailers had already been sent out.

In a press release, the "Yes on 37" campaign stated that the misidentification of Miller also appeared in a brochure, but Lapin said she was not aware of any other appearance.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Sounds like the anti-37 people are deliberately misleading people into believing that Mr. Miller is a practicing physician at a Stanford facility. Did Mr. Miller agree to this scam or did they just slap the label over his photo?


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Hoover School
on Oct 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I hope Prop-37 passes, and I really hope people are not dumb enough to fall for the lies in these commercials.


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Posted by rhetorical ?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I thought Hoover was conservative -- why wouldn't they want people to have the information and the marketplace to decide?


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Posted by malarky
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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Posted by Resident Ramona Street
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Of course they don't want the consumer to be informed. Deception is the basis of American Marketing.

The US is one of the few countries in the world that has not gone metric because groceries will appear more expensive if listed in Kilos instead of pounds. Another example of corporate influence arresting real progress in this country.


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Posted by Yes on Prop 37!
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 18, 2012 at 12:47 am

GMOs in food must be labeled so we can make informed decisions about what we eat. Please take the time to watch the documentary "Genetic Roulette" (available for free online viewing through Nov. 6) and spread the message.

Web Link

Then, have a look at the opposition:

Web Link


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

"Deception is the basis of American Marketing"

and the Republican Party.

That's why Romney couldn't answer the debate question about how he is different from Bush.

He isn't.

Romney/Ryan = Bush/Cheney


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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I beg to differ a little. Cheney was more intelligent than Ryan.


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