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ViewPoint: Political Ads on TV

November 9, 2006

I must start by apologizing for all those negative political ads you have been forced to watch recently on WALB. I can't tell you how many people have told me they could barely watch TV due to the negative mudslinging this election cycle.

The only time you seem to get straight information from candidates was during debates that we totally controlled and we put on the air free!

You must know the simple reason they continue to use mostly TV to reach you is that's the advertising that works the best. This is proven by the fact that the candidate who spent the most on WALB, won in every single race.

Some political experts that produce these negative ads that turned off voters, and caused some of you to not vote at all, actually helped the incumbents. This is somewhat proven by the fact that the incumbent candidates for our region won almost every single race.

And in case you don't know, we do not solicit political business. We are forced to carry them, and at our lowest advertising rates, so politicians can run more commercials. We may not change them in any way, even if we are told the commercials are inaccurate.

Since we are using the public air waves, we are forced to run one slam commercial after another, politicians say, to educate the public about important issues related to their vote.

Did you feel informed, educated about key issues in order to make an informed decision, or sick to your stomach? Is this the system we want, the richest candidates or the incumbent candidates are at a huge advantage?

Our current system of controls on political lobbyists and their contributions is broken. Attempts at campaign finance reform have been a failure.

Tell your elected politicians you did not approve of their message, and to change this insane process.