Complaints About Political Ads Increasing, Station Owners Say
October 25, 2010 at 4:06 AM (PT)
Increasing numbers of complaints about political advertising on radio and TV are plaguing station owners, reports USA TODAY, which chronicled this year's prominent examples of accusations of false information in attack ads in FRIDAY's paper. In several cases, stations have been asked to remove ads and threatened with lawsuits and complaints to the FCC if they don't, although the FCC said that it has not experienced an increase in complaints over political ads.
"Each year it gets to be a bigger and bigger problem, and that's just a function of ads are getting more and more aggressive, and more money is coming in from non-candidate groups," said broadcast attorney DAVID OXENFORD.
Among the examples in the article is the controversy over a spot pulled by the QANTUM COMMUNICATIONS CAPE COD cluster graphically describing the molestation of a teenage girl suspect by a police officer under the command of a Congressional candidate (NET NEWS 10/21).