Friday, January 13, 2006

Tell Us What The Houston TV Stations Said

Use this open thread to tell us what the Houston TV stations told you about our ad!

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  • I called the first two stations on your telephone list and got through to a machine on the second and left a message. I got through to a person on the first listed station(?) and the speaker said he wasn't going to put the anti-DeLay ad on again and that he wasn't going to discuss it with me. I said the ad was truthful and asked why he didn't like the truth! Bill the Atist

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:53 PM  

  • Do we know if these same stations put on the Swift Boat ads?


    By Blogger drscn, at 6:08 PM  

  • I got through to all four stations and left comments with each person's assistant. From their tone of voice and behavior I got the impression that they were very disinterested.

    By Anonymous Concerned American, at 6:25 PM  

  • I left polite but firm messages on answering machings but I actually spoke with the GM from the last name on the list (Fox). Mr. Bebel sounded very bored but thanked me for my call. What is wrong with those people (other than they live in the Republic of Houston which is a third world country)???? Is it the humidity or are they just really lame?

    By Anonymous D. Allen, at 6:53 PM  

  • Nice! This proves he's full of hot air, get a few lawyers and go to work on the TV stations.

    Lets get every single one of these ADS run shall we? After all, if its not true there's nothing to hide is there?

    But the fact that he took the 1 million dollars from russian mafia executives is undisputed, makes the case, not in fact libel related....


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:39 PM  

  • I spoke to an assistant at every station. Just to politely tell them that it's not about Tom Delay but about the First Amendment. I reminded them that many americans have sacrifice their lives for the first amendment, including journalists.

    R L Rodriguez
    Vietnam Veteran

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 AM  

  • David Strickland of KTRK answered my message to say "the ad is false, the station would love to make the money for running the ad, and that if it was changed to use accurate information it will probably run without a problem"

    By Anonymous B.C.Dean, District 22, at 7:22 AM  

  • Does accurate information mean they want to 'spin' it?

    Show the TV stations the Washington Post article non-stop and tell them to run the ad.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:04 PM  

  • Don't forget that TV station licenses are from the FCC. If the stations are not demonstrating proper balance of varying viewpoints, their licenses can be challenged and they have to account for discrepancies.
    My suggestion is to call these stations and demand they place paid advertising in accordance with equal-time rules. Then ask when their FCC license is up for renewal. Then file a complaint with the FCC.
    Maybe even get vocal with the Houston chapter of the BBB and industry trade journals.

    By Blogger Cynder Gray, at 6:31 AM  

  • If the stations are not demonstrating proper balance of varying viewpoints, their licenses can be challenged and they have to account for discrepancies.

    Their licenses can be challenged anyway, but stations haven't been required to demonstrate "balance of varying viewpoints" since the mid-80's. Reagan's FCC axed the Fairness Doctrine back then.

    By Anonymous Mathwiz, at 2:22 PM  

  • I sent an email to all of the GMs at the Houston stations. I got this back from the CBS affiliate:

    Thank you for writing KHOU. Here is a link to the story we did
    last week@ 10pm that explains the events surrounding the controversy
    of the anti-Delay political commercial.

    By Anonymous herbsuperb, at 8:57 PM  

  • I recieved only one comment back so far and that was an automated reply from KHOU with a link to their story which specifically points out they won't run the ad because of the $1,000,000.00 supposedly given by Russians to influence his vote; citing the possible lawsuit from DeLay's attorney. It's becoming clear they have their own agenda... does anyone know who OWNS KHOU? That would tell you IMMEDIATELY whether or not it will EVER run -regardless of content.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 AM  

  • I got the same boilerplate from KHOU. In my response I pointed out that the segment they aired gave the mistaken impression that Delay hd some basis for threatening legal action over the Russian money allegations.

    I replied, with links to the Washington Post and articles that substantiate the claims and deflate Delay's lawyer's ridiculous assertion that they were "just made up".

    No answer yet and I don't expect one.

    By Blogger THAT, at 5:13 PM  

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