TV political ad question

Larry Weil
Fri Aug 3 12:35:01 EDT 2012

It was probably local, they (both sides) are targeting the swing states, of which NH is one.

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

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Big freekin deal!

On Aug 3, 2012, at 1:07 AM, Kevin Vahey <> wrote:

> NBC ( or WHDH ) just ran the ad at 12:57 AM
> I have to assume CBS signed off on it - but is was strange seeing it on a
> NBC outlet.
> I have no clue on how the rules work anymore.
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM, A. Joseph Ross <> wrote:
>> On 8/2/2012 3:40 PM, Donna Halper wrote:
>> First, I hope we don't veer off into an  "I agree with the ad" or "I hate
>>> that ad" conversation.  I am not so much concerned with the ad per se, as I
>>> am concerned with what stations (both TV and radio) are and are not allowed
>>> to air these days.  Two nights ago, during the channel 4 news at 6pm, I saw
>>> a Karl Rove super-pac ad against President Obama.  Okay fine, there's tons
>>> of pro-Obama and anti-Obama ads on the air.  But what made this one
>>> worrisome to me is it featured Scott Pelley, CBS evening anchor.  It showed
>>> him reading a news report about how bad the economy was, and then it moved
>>> into the ad's talking points about how the economy was President Obama's
>>> fault.  Talking points aside, are PACs allowed to use the image and
>>> likeness of news anchors in their political ads?  Makes it seem as if the
>>> anchor endorses or agrees with that message. I know the rules have changed,
>>> but how much can a news anchor (be they perceived as right-wing or
>>> left-wing or neutral) be used in a political ad?  I assume Pelley did not
>>> authorize the use of his newscast in the ad, but are there any rules?
>> Aren't newscasts the property of the network?  Did they authorize the ad?
>> Maybe they authorized the ad by implication by having a network-owned
>> station run the ad.
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