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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 04:39 PM

3. I think there used to be an exemption for political commercials on TV-

The JB Stoner case. This was one of the Birmingham Bethel church bombers-- horrible man. Ran for senate or governor, and he had racist ads that the local TV stations naturally didn't want to run. The FCC said that political ads were absolutely protected and that because TV was regulated (the country owns the airwaves), the stations had to abide by this.

Most of the stations I think would run a disclaimer before and after.

But everything is different now. Only the official ads from the candidate get the protection, I think, but now there are ads by PACs and it's hard to know who is responsible. Plus network TV is a pretty unimportant outlet for ads now. I'm just not sure how much of this is still relevant given the quite unregulated broadcasting industry now.

Anyway, I think there might be some exemption also about libel in a political ad.


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