Why would a TV station refuse to run a paid political advertisement? Could it be because the TV station is owned by the same company that owns a very liberal radio station?
From The Reno Gazette Journal: KTVN Channel 2 in Reno has pulled a Republican ad against Democratic congressional candidate Kate Marshall in Nevada’s special election over a bogus claim.
An internal review determined the claim in the ad purchased by the National Republican Congressional Committee was unsubstantiated, KTVN-TV station manager Lawson Fox said on Friday.
The ad running across Nevada claims Marshall backed a $500 million tax increase on businesses in her role as state treasurer. It was slated to run on KTVN through next week.
Fox said he could not recall pulling another political ad because of unproven statements in his 20 years at the station. A NRCC spokesman didn’t return a request for comment.
The station investigated the ad after Marshall’s campaign challenged the veracity of its claims. When the station asked the NRCC to support its ad, the group pointed to a 2010 state meeting on unemployment insurance rates charged to businesses.
So, since when was it the business of television stations to look at advertisements, especially political advertisements, to see how truthful they are?
Clearly, almost every political advertisement, especially in this day and age, are full of smears and half truths from both sides of the aisle. The Dem's will make up things about the GOP and the GOP will make up things about the Dem's. Welcome to the world of politics.
If you go to the KTVN web site (http://www.ktvn.com/ ) and look at their news articles, you will see an obvious liberal bias in their reporting, giving liberals the positive view while the GOP are cast in a negative light. This certainly raises the possibilities that KTVN is censoring the TV advertisiments in an attempt to help Kate Marshall against RINO Mark Amodei. And this is wrong. As long as there is some truth to what is claimed, then the ads should be run.
And to be consistent, then the TV station must also censor other ads, like the ones they run on their web site. For instance, they have an ad for $9 auto insurance or an ad about penny stocks that will make you a fortune. If the TV station is going to censor political ads, then they need to censor all ads.
They also have a TV show, Face the State, after looking at the highlights, seems to bend left. when you look at the guests.
Further, KTVN is associated/co-owned with KJFK, a very liberal talk show station in Reno who have the likes of Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller and other liberal talk show hosts.(http://www.ktvn.com/link/273105/kjfk-1230-am ) They are considered to be news partners with KTVN.
So, is this a legitimate censorship or is KTVN playing dirty politics? Considering this is the first time they have refused to run a political advertisement, though they have no problems running bogus commercials on their web site, I tend to believe that they are just playing politics in favor of the Democrats. Because of their close association with a liberal radio station, it is very easy to see that KTVN is just playing politics. What a shame and lack of ethics that KTVN has. But it isn't surprising that liberals are behind this censorship as it is a "win at any costs" for liberals.
In Wisconsin, they are buying votes in the recall elections, in Nevada, they are censoring and refusing to run GOP commercials.
The liberals know they can't win on the issues, so they have to resort to cheating.