A man who frequents the D.C. area Metro wrote to the Washington Post complaining about a Fallout 3 ad he saw at the Metro Center station.
Joseph Anzalone slams both the ads and the metro system for agreeing to display the ads in his statement to the Post.
In one ad, the Washington Monument and the American flags surrounding it stand ravaged, as if hit by missiles. In another, the Capitol dome is partially caved in, while the rest of the building and the city behind it lie in ruins.Though, as GamePolitics points out, Anzalone is wrong in his claim on the First Amendment. The First Amendment right protects more than just "true viewpoints" or "political messages" despite what he claims.
The people of our city do not need a daily reminder that Washington is a prime target for an attack. We do not need a daily reminder of what our worst fears look like. Since any First Amendment objection would be irrelevant (the ads do not present a true viewpoint or political message and would therefore not be protected), there is no reason for these ads to be part of our daily panorama.
The ads should be removed, and the appropriate office at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should be directed to exercise better judgment regarding what can be displayed in our transportation system.