WVNN Host's Election Day Prank Angers Democrats
June 11, 2009 at 5:03 AM (PT)
A prank press release by CUMULUS Talk WVNN-A-F/HUNTSVILLE host DALE JACKSON caused controversy for TUESDAY's state elections and has drawn the ire of the ALABAMA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, reports the HUNTSVILLE TIMES.
JACKSON created a press release, posted on his website and read on the air TUESDAY, that claimed that because of heavy voter turnout, the voting for an open seat in the state Senate would continue for an extra two days.
The release claimed that Republican PAUL SANFORD and Democrat LAURA HALL flipped a coin to determine when their supporters could vote, with Republicans allowed to vote TUESDAY and Democrats on WEDNESDAY; the press release featured the ALABAMA State seal and was signed by "MARION S. BARBER" of the state "Office of Electoral Elections." Despite the obvious farcical agency and the use of BARBER's name (BARBER is a DALLAS COWBOYS running back), ALABAMA DEMOCRATIC PARY chief JOE TURNHAM said, "Not only is it not a joke, but it also could be in violation of federal law. Its sole purpose and intent is to fool voters."
JACKSON removed the fake release from his site and agreed that he should not have used the state seal, but said that he made clear on the air that the press release was not real, adding, "It is absurd on its face that anybody is taking that seriously."