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Donald Trump Tells WTTG Cosby ‘Probably Guilty’

Donald Trump was on FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG last night.

That sentence by itself automatically comes wrapped with the subtext, “and he gave his opinion on things.” Last night, after he told the Economic Club he was “very strongly” considering running for president in 2016, he told WTTG reporter Emily Miller what he thought about Bill Cosby, and his possible opponents in the upcoming election.

On Cosby, Trump said “Look I think he’s probably guilty…I don’t know…I think his defense has been horrible if he’s not…because he keeps going– nothing, I’m not going to talk. When a person doesn’t talk, that usually doesn’t mean good things.”

Weighing in on his presidential campaign, Trump said “I’ve always succeeded at what I’ve wanted to do, and what I really want to do now, more than anything else, is make this country great again.”

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New Orleans FOX Affiliate Questions Campaign Ad Featuring Anchor

WVUE, the FOX affiliate for New Orleans, says it takes issue with a Senate candidate’s campaign ad.

The ad for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), who is being challenged by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), uses a clip from WVUE anchor John Snell to attack Cassidy by saying, “The congressman claimed to be two places at once.”

WVUE reports the full text of what Snell said on the Friday 10:00 p.m. broadcast was, “A former supervisor of Bill Cassidy came to his defense tonight over a controversy that the congressman claimed to be in two places at once.”

Just days before the runoff election, FOX 8 objects to what we believe is a misrepresentation in the ad, and we have formally asked the Landrieu campaign to pull the spot.

Landrieu’s campaign manager, Ryan Berni, defends the ad that’s running statewide, saying: “The ad is factual. Bill Cassidy is simply trying to distract voters from the fact that he took more than $100,000 in a taxpayer-funded salary for work he didn’t do. Louisianans deserve to know the truth.” Read more

‘Scott Brown was Right.’ WMUR Anchor Sorry for Calling Out Candidate in Debate


James Pindell, political reporter for Manchester, N.H. ABC affiliate WMUR, has apologized for challenging Scott Brown‘s knowledge of New Hampshire during a televised debate.

FOX News.com reports the awkwardness began when Pindell asked the Republican New Hampshire US Senate candidate about Sullivan County. Brown began talking about the northern counties before Pindell interrupted him and reminded him he had been asked about Sullivan County.

Brown responded: “I’m talking about any place past Concord, actually, and the challenges of our state.”

This is where the disagreement arose. After Brown listed several “challenges,” Pindell interrupted again, his voice raised.

“Sullivan County is west of Concord,” he said. “It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown. So what do you see as going well and what’s not going well there?”

Brown maintained that “the challenges are the same in every county in our state.”

“I said that Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord,” said Pindell in his apology. “The truth is, it’s both. So on this point Scott Brown was right. I was wrong and I apologize to Scott Brown and to both campaigns.”

Brown faces charges of being a carpetbagger since moving to New Hampshire after losing his Senate seat in neighboring Massachusetts.

Sold Out: As Election Day Nears, Many Stations Have No More Ad Time Left to Sell

BrackettParkMplsElection2012_640_1They’d sell more if they had any left to sell, but many stations head into the last weekend before Election Day simply sold out. “Campaigns and third-party groups are finding it difficult to even find spots to purchase,” one political advertising guru told The Associated Press.

In some markets, stations aren’t simply sold out–they’re oversold:

In the past two weeks alone, Manchester’s WMUR-TV told political groups that their ads during “Good Morning America,” ”General Hospital” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” among others, could not be aired because the station oversold chunks of time, according to contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

“The sell-out rates are high and … television remains king in political races,” said Joy Baer, president of the Chicago-based advertising technology firm STRATA.

Charlotte Reporter Looks at Why Politicians Use Local News Clips in Campaign Ads


After his news reports appeared in ads for North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis (R) and incumbent Kay Hagan (D), WCNC reporter Stuart Watson said he got tired of having people ask him if he “approved this message.” He asked a local expert about the practice of using news clips from local TV stations without permission.

Turns out, no permission is needed. But a local expert told the reporter for the Charlotte, N.C. NBC affiliate, the candidates are trying to bask in the reflected glow of a local station’s credibility.

So why DO campaigns use news clips? Why don’t they just hire better looking actors?

“It is an attempt to lend some credibility to the accusations the candidates and their campaigns are trying to make,” said Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer.

Does the deluge of TV ads even make a difference?

“I think for the average voter it’s probably just a wash,” Bitzer said. “They have already muted that particular ad.”

Kentucky ND Tells Senate Candidates to Stop Using News Clips in Campaign Spots

wave Rep SenateIt’s election time, when candidates pay to run spots either bashing their opponents or making themselves look good.

Here in New York City, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is using clips from WABC and WCBS along with some national news outlets to show he’s tough on crime.

Bill Shory, news director for Louisville, Ky. NBC affiliate WAVE, said the use of his station’s reports in campaign ads have led his viewers to believe WAVE is endorsing one candidate over another.

In an open letter on the station’s website, Shory said he’s had enough and has presented a two step plan to deal with the issue.

Shory said he’s gotten complaints about ads from the Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes. He said he sent the two letters, (click on their names to read the letters) asking them to stop using clips from WAVE in their campaign ads. He then said WAVE would let the viewers know what’s going on by “presenting ‘all facts, statements, and coverage truthfully and in the proper context.” Read more

WMAQ Report Used for Governor Pat Quinn’s Re-Election Campaign Ad

With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, local stations are being bombarded with political ads. Chicago’s WMAQ is no exception, but the NBC-owned station is unhappy about it for a very specific reason.

On Friday, a new 30-second commercial began airing throughout Illinois for Governor Pat Quinn (D) in his re-election campaign against challenger Bruce Rauner (R). The ad uses excerpts from a WMAQ report about Rauner and includes the voice of political editor Carol Marin.

Chicago media reporter Robert Feder writes that the excerpt is based on a joint investigation by WMAQ and the Chicago Sun-Times, reported by Marin, Don Moseley and Dave McKinney, which delved into Rauner’s business practices.  Read more

KTVX Names Glen Mills Chief Political Correspondent

Glen MillsGlen Mills has been named chief political correspondent at KTVX, the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City. In his new role, Mills will produce and host special reports and programs on the government, elections and politics.

“Glen has a wonderful ability to present complicated information to viewers in an easy to understand manner,” KTVX general manager Richard Doutre’Jones said in a statement. “Those involved with Utah politics and our regular citizens, appreciate Glen’s skills to clearly explain the issues we face as a state and the actions our lawmakers and elected officials take on our behalf.”

Mills has been anchoring the weekend evening newscasts since he joined KTVX last year. He will be replaced by Randall Carlisle, who is re-joining the station next month.

Tampa Reporter Leaving TV to Work for Florida Congressman

rudie croppedWTSP reporter Preston Rudie is leaving the Tampa CBS affiliate to work as communications director for Rep David Jolly (R-FL).

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been serving the public and helping give a voice to the voiceless as a journalist,” said Rudie in a statement. “I think my years of working in the area and experience covering the issues that affect Pinellas County will help me better serve the people of the 13th District.”

Rudie started his TV career at WGBA in Green Bay, WI and worked at WITI in Milwaukee, WI, before moving to WTSP in 2002.

He officially starts Monday, April 21.

WUSA to Host Final Mayoral Debate in D.C. Democratic Primary Race

bruce johnsonCBS affiliate WUSA will host the final debate in the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary race tonight. The race’s top four candidates — incumbent Vince Gray, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells and Jack Evans — will square off at 7 p.m. live from WUSA’s studios.

The debate will be moderated by Bruce Johnson (pictured), who has been covering D.C. politics for WUSA for more than 30 years.

“The political management of the District is hugely important here in D.C. in its own right, and obviously D.C. voters deserve a final opportunity to hear from the top candidates,” WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi said in a statement. “The fact that DC’s premiere political reporter Bruce Johnson is so passionate about local politics makes producing and carrying the debate an easy call.”

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