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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:29 PM

Oh shit: Seattle Times Action Shows Limits of Citizens United

This week the Seattle Times Co. announced that it would run $75,000 worth of independent expenditure ads on behalf of Rob McKenna, the Republican nominee for governor in Washington -- at the company's expense. It is also giving $75,000 of free ad space to the campaign backing a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The company says this is an effort to demonstrate the value of print advertising for political campaigns; they hope that these free ads will work so well that other people will pay for them in the future. This is a totally bizarre ad marketing strategy, as noted by Eli Sanders at the Stranger and Derek Thompson at the Atlantic.

In some ways, this is the nightmare scenario that opponents of Citizens United worry about. A media company is using its access to a broad audience to run free ads for a desired candidate, with no ability for federal or state law to stop them.


More at the link!

"In some ways, this is the nightmare scenario"? In some ways?

Giant media corporations, running free ads for candidates who will do their bidding. The only thing they need to worry about is whether their "objectivity" will suffer in the minds of consumers? As if FOX didn't prove the model for this shit.

Wow. Sorry, while they're trying to be "fair and balanced" by donating the same amount of ad space for a good cause (same sex marriage), think about the precedent this will set in the future.

"...no ability for federal or state law to stop them."

PB

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Mojorabbit Oct 2012 #1
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Triloon Oct 2012 #3
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Mojorabbit Oct 2012 #6
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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:37 PM

1. Do we have a contact email for them

that we can use to voice our opinion on the decision?

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:42 PM

2. Here you go:

http://www.seattletimescompany.com/contact/index.htm

Imagine a world where the Democratic candidate had to scrape up donations the old fashioned way while the Repuke candidate just got free tv/radio/newspaper advertizing.

That's....fucked.

PB

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Response to Triloon (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:51 PM

4. e mail ?

Phone a customer service manager, tell them you are recording the conversation and tell them you are dropping your subscription! If you don't subscribe, don't read them. We can only hurt them with dropping income.

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 02:27 PM

6. kick nt

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 07:53 PM

5. Kick for WTF!



Read this article!

PB

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