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Posts Tagged ‘Political Ads’

WHO Creates Fake Political Ad Attacking Its Own Anchor

Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO knows how much viewers hate all the political ads taking up precious air time around the country. So the station decided to have a little fun and created its own spoof ad against anchor Dan Winters.

The ad is pretty funny, with lines like “He wants you to think he’s a credible newsman… but his behavior is incredible” and “He turns the news into a one-man comedy routine” and worst of all, “He questions the forecast!” It seems like viewers get the joke, as most of the comments on the Facebook post are positive. Hopefully Winters himself can have a good laugh about it, too…

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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

Roanoke Stations May Have Too Much of Good Thing

Cheap airtime and undecided voters are making Roanoke, VA the belle of the ball for political campaigns looking to get their messages out to local viewers, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The AP report contrasts the size of the market with the appetite for airtime, noting the Virginia city may be market 68,

But the Roanoke market has consistently been number one in the country for the number of political ads aired. This is good news for top-rated station WDBJ-TV, a CBS affiliate. Its ad haul could top $5 million. Around the country, local stations could rake in more than $3 billion from political advertising.

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Stations to Run Graphic Anti-Abortion Campaign Ad

A political ad some are calling offensive for its graphic visual images is putting local stations in Kentucky and Indiana in a delicate position.

Andrew Beacham, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat against incumbent Republican Brett Guthrie, paid the stations to air a spot showing pictures of an aborted fetus while asking viewers, “Will we knuckle under?  Violate our consciences and become accomplices to Obama’s immorality?”  You can watch the ad after the break, but we warn you its graphic.

Because of a Federal Communications Commission rule that stations give reasonable access to candidates who want to air political ads, Beacham’s spot will air 22 times between Wednesday and Friday.  CBS News reports one station manager intends to warn viewers of what they may see,

Rick McCue, general manager of WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, described the ad as offensive and said his station may run a disclaimer along with it.

As a legal matter, McCue said, “we have no right to censor the ad, and we can’t refuse it either. ”

“We can at least give people a heads up, and we intend to do that,” he added. “How we’re going to word it, I don’t know yet.”

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