TV Stations Pulls Political Ad
October 27, 2010
MULTIPLE CITIES: At least two TV stations have pulled a political
attack ad inferring new health-care rules mean jail time for anyone without
coverage. The Hartford Courant said
the local Fox affiliate, WTIC-TV, pulled the ad, which targeted Rep. Chris
“Following a review of the spot titled ‘Mess’ and the documentation provided by
the American Action Network, WTIC-TV... believes the commercial’s claims are
unsubstantiated and has removed it from the air,” a station spokeswoman told
the news outlet.
TV stations are not liable for ads taken out by candidates, which broadcasters are required to
carry. Stations are, however, liable for non-candidate ads, such as the one in
See “) The Political Ads Fuel
Financials and Feuds.” Courant
said the ad asserted Murphy supported free health care for illegal immigrants
and throwing uninsured Americans in jail. Another ad from the same group alleging that Murphy supports supplying Viagra to sex offenders continues to run. The
American Action Network is reported to have spent $1 million on ads in its
campaign against Murphy.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) is also a target of the group’s Viagra ad,
according to his
Perlmutter’s site said Denver’s NBC
affiliate, KUSA-TV pulled the ad.
“KUSA-9News called the new attack ad by the American Action Network against Ed
Perlmutter FALSE,” it said. “The ad lies about Perlmutter voting to support a
provision in the new health insurance law that would let convicted rapists
access Viagra. This is completely false. There is no provision in the new
health insurance reform law to allow this, and Perlmutter never voted for such
a provision. The Perlmutter campaign is asking all the TV stations and the
Denver Post to pull this false
-- Deborah D. McAdams
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