With political ads expected to flood the airwaves in the coming months, WCCO announced this week that investigative reporter Pat Kessler “will regularly research and review these commercial messages for accuracy and truthfulness.”
“We have little doubt our viewers will be exposed to messages underwritten by candidates running for office, political action committees, and advocacy groups,” WCCO vice president and general manager Brien Kennedy said in a message to viewers on Wednesday. “You may not agree with all of the messages contained in these commercials. Other messages you may heartily support and endorse…WCCO-TV believes that the best forum for the public debate will be the ongoing coverage in our daily newscasts.”
Kessler’s scrutiny of political ads will run as part of his regular “Reality Check” investigative series, which airs during WCCO’s 10 p.m. newscasts.
Here’s a recent “Reality Check”…
- Charlotte Reporter Looks at Why Politicians Use Local News Clips in Campaign Ads
- KSTP's Ken Barlow on Life, TV News and Being Honest About Mental Illness
- 30 Minutes on Philadelphia TV News: Lots of Political Ads, Zero Political Stories
- Kentucky ND Tells Senate Candidates to Stop Using News Clips in Campaign Spots