Tired of Attack Ad Lies?
You can stop the super pac lies
How hair-tearing, frustrating is it to watch a Walker “It is Working” ad appear on the TV in your home while knowing the information presented is barely true, half true, or an out-and-out lie. Since the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, it seems there is nothing we can do about it.
Not so. Action can be taken to reduce the deceitful messaging of the third party attack adds.
Tell Television Stations: You Don’t Have to Air Misleading Third Party Ads
Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FlackCheck.org Launches “Stand by Your Ad” to Fight Deception in Super PAC and Other Third Party Political Advertising
TV and radio stations are required to air political ads by candidates for such federal offices as the presidency even if their content is blatantly deceptive. Not so the messages of outside groups. Instead, broadcasters have the right to bar so called “third party” ads or insist on the accuracy of those they decide to air. Ohio stations did just that when a group called “Building a Better Ohio” offered Ohio TV stations a deceptive ad last October.
When a group called “Building a Better Ohio” offered Ohio TV stations a deceptive ad last October, a number of stations exercised their prerogative to insist on the accuracy of so-called third party ads by refusing to air it.
The ad below was recalled.
Did you know this?
Kathleen Hall Jamieson was interviewed on Moyers and Company and talked about campaign misinformation. She revealed a fact that I didn’t know. Broadcast station managers are not required to air third party adds. You can scroll ahead to the 8:00 minute mark to hear the discussion about broadcast station managers editorial power.
Going “All Wisconsin” on attack ads
Progressives will not match the funds pouring into the Walker camp from the Koch Brothers – Americans for Prosperity and countless other out-of-state forces. They can be held to truthful portrayal of the facts.
“We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years,” he says. “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.” Palm Beech Post – Koch
Angel List Wisconsin TV Stations
Stop the Lies
Flackcheck has made it easy.
Go to Flackcheck
You will find a page much like the one in the screen shot below.
1) Just pick your state and the city where your broadcast originates. (I picked Wisconsin and Milwaukee in the screen shot example)
2) Check the boxes of the broadcast stations you want to contact.
3) Send the email.
4) The address of the stations you pick will be in the recipient box. You will find the message referring to the Ohio ad. You can edit the message as you please to include the offending party – Americans for Prosperity,the title of the ad campaign It is Working, and an explanation of the offense – Job and budget information inaccurate
5) Then just copy all the information and paste it into your own email program and SEND.
Station Managers Will Get the Message
When station managers get enough messages reminding them of their responsibility for the accuracy of the messages they choose to broadcast, we may see a change in the deceit of the third party attack adds in Wisconsin.