Focus on the Family tells The Daily Beastthat CBS helped the antigay group script the controversial pro-life ad featuring college football star Tim Tebow set to air during the Super Bowl.
According to Dana Goldstein at The Daily Beast, a spokesman for Focus on the Family said the organization "has actually been working closely with CBS executives for months on the ad's script."
"There were discussions about the specific wording of the spot," said Gary Schneeberger, spokesman for Focus on the Family. "And we came to a compromise. To an agreement."
According to The Daily Beast, Schneeberger declined to say how CBS worked on the ad's message, but he praised their productive relationship.
"We've worked with [CBS] almost since the beginning," he said. "Our senior vice presidents talked to CBS executives throughout the process. It was a very cordial, very professional, fruitful relationship."
CBS declined to comment to The Daily Beast,but the network maintained that such cooperation is not unusual.
The revelation about a working relationship arrives as pro-choice, gay, and other groups allege that CBS failed to publicize a change in policy to accept some advocacy ads and that standards for the ads have been applied inconsistently.
Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, called news of such cooperation "appalling," according to The Daily Beast.
"If true, CBS is not just selling ad time for profit, but has been affirmatively working hand in glove -- in secret -- to promote Focus on the Family's agenda. When you recall that Focus on the Family wants to overturn Roe v. Wade ... this revelation is extremely, extremely disturbing."