TV stations in two states pull Norm Coleman group’s ads

10 p.m. Tuesday update: Sounds like an AAN spokesman fibbed to the Star Tribune’s Jeremy Herb about the pulled ads.

Sure, political ads skirt (if not de-pants) the truth, but TV stations don’t yank them off the air very often. Yet that’s what Connecticut and Colorado stations have done to spots produced by Norm Coleman’s American Action Network.

CQ reports that Hartford’s Fox affiliate nixed an AAN ad alleging the federal health care bill would jail those without insurance. “Their supporting material didn’t support the claims, and, in fact, contradicted them,” a Fox spokesman told the website.

A Democratic congressman in Colorado says Denver’s NBC affiliate pulled an AAN ad claiming the health care bill would provide “Viagra for rapists.”

The Coleman group’s donors are anonymous, and CQ says the same ads still run on other stations nationwide.

However, the booted commercials show one pitfall of the independent-expenditure route. By federal law, candidate ads cannot be censored, though at least one Supreme Court decision forced a spot to be moved to a less family-friendly time. Independent expenditure ads have no such protection.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 10/26/2010 - 08:21 pm.

    Stay classy, Norm.

  2. Submitted by John Hoffman on 10/26/2010 - 09:24 pm.

    This type of political ad is a good example of the need for transparency and disclosure, as well as fact checking. Bravo to the tv stations that pulled the ads due to the misleading and lying nature of the content.

  3. Submitted by William Pappas on 10/27/2010 - 06:06 am.

    Norm and his followers should be getting good at “swift boating”. Norm’s head lawyer durring the recount, the guy making all of those absurd accusations that democrats were responsible for the security breaches in Norm’s webiste, was the chief counsel for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Norm’s velvet voice and congenial approach has always belied the content of his message. Karl Rove has nothing on the challenged ethics of Coleman. It is no wonder that Coleman’s shadow political campaign support organization produces outright lies with no regret or conscience.

  4. Submitted by Lora Jones on 10/27/2010 - 08:11 am.

    Ah, yes. That’s our boy Norm.

  5. Submitted by Joe Schweigert on 10/27/2010 - 08:55 am.

    viagra to rapists? who…what…how can that possibly make any extremely tiny bit of sense to anyone?

    although i did hear that the health care bill also promises fresh brains to zombies. who’s brains are those gonna be, huh obama? not mine, i’ll tell you that much!

  6. Submitted by Rick Ellis on 10/27/2010 - 10:46 am.

    Which brings us to a larger point. Why do TV stations run “fact check” investigations of ads, if they’re going to keep running the ads they find to be dishonest?

    Last week one local station did a fact check of an Emmer ad in which he claimed to be a political outsider, unlike his career politician opponents. Now, whether you support Emmer or not, given his background that’s a pretty ludicrous claim. And that was the conclusion of the examination.

    And the station then ran the ad in the same newscast less than five minutes later.

    So why bother to fact check the ads if you’re going to run them no matter what the conclusion of your investigation?

    And before anyone accuses me of being a liberal weenie, I would feel the same way about some of the Dayton ads I’ve seen fact-checked.

  7. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 10/27/2010 - 03:58 pm.

    While the claim that Emmer is an outsider may be ludicrous, it is not objectively false. The claim of being an outsider, like the a lot of claims made by politicians is so vague and subjective that it really can’t be true or false. You run into the same thing with libel law and false advertising claims – unless something is specifically and objectively false, you don’t get there.

    The statements made by Norm Coleman’s group, however, were objectively false. Claiming that someone is an outsider is very different from Coleman’s outright lie that the bill provides viagra for rapists.

  8. Submitted by Dion Goldman on 10/28/2010 - 08:39 am.

    Norm Coleman will be the next chair of the Republican National Committee afte Michael Steele “steps down” (gets fired).

  9. Submitted by Dion Goldman on 10/28/2010 - 08:41 am.

    “So why bother to fact check the ads if you’re going to RUN THEM no matter what the conclusion of your investigation?”

    duh….for the money !!!

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