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Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad in O'Reilly Factor spotlight: "Are you offended that Tim Tebow's alive?"

Yesterday, we shared Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger's defense of the organization's forthcoming Super Bowl ad, starring Florida QB Tim Tebow and his mom, against protests by a variety of women's organizations. Since then, critics have been out in force, with Women's Media Center president Jehmu Greene even stopping by The O'Reilly Factor.

Unsurprisingly, as you'll see in the clip above, host Bill O'Reilly was on FOTF's side from the get-go. When Greene notes Focus's anti-abortion stance (the Tebow ad is widely assumed to echo this philosophy), O'Reilly declares, "Now you're attacking the group and not the ad" -- even though, as he acknowledges, neither he nor Greene nor pretty much anyone other than personnel with Focus and CBS, the network airing this year's Super Bowl, have actually seen the spot. The coup de grâce? When O'Reilly asks, "Are you offended that Tim Tebow's alive?"

Florida State fans might struggle with that question...

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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