TV political ad question

Richard Chonak
Fri Aug 3 14:03:38 EDT 2012

On 08/03/2012 01:08 PM, Donna Halper wrote:
> On 8/3/2012 3:15 AM, Richard Chonak wrote:
>> Political donation records suggest that this may not be true of NBC.
> The head of GE may have joined the president's jobs council but Jeff 
> Immelt is well known for being a registered Republican.  And Comcast 
> has long contributed mainly to Republicans.  They may spread it around 
> (Robert Kraft has donated to BOTH Republican and Democratic 
> candidates) but that isn't quite the point.   Most network executives 
> (except at Fox) don't call the tune for what's on the air. 

It seems that NBC was another case, as Jeff Immelt's got a reputation 
for having called in CNBC staff and told them to go easy on Mr. Obama -- 
at least business reporter Charlie Gasparino says he did.  I suppose he 
did so for the sake of GE's financial interests, but interference is 
interference, whether it's done for corporate financial reasons or 
ideological reasons.


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