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    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    No Naked Bush


    While we can relate to the horror of seeing Bush's head on a naked torso (leave it to the gay candidate to inject a little nudity in the campaign), Channel 5's refusal to show Ellner's new ad is a little scary. Yes, it's a Fox station, BUT THIS IS NEW YORK!

    This is such a bad PR moment for them that I can't help but wonder to whom they're trying to appeal. In a city of Democrats with a smattering of fiscal Republicans, I can't imagine a little criticism of our dunce of a President would do much to offend. Especially now.

    "There is part of the statute that says the station cannot censor the content of a political ad," said a communications commission official who spoke on condition of anonymity, following the commission's general practice of avoiding public comment upon matters in which it is not involved. (The F.C.C. generally only acts on complaints; Mr. Ellner said he would probably file one but had not done so.)

    The commission official said that after a station agrees to sell time for a campaign commercial, "the station is required to put it on the air - they have no option."

    Still, the official said there was a way around the rules. While stations are required to accept all commercials for federal candidates, they can pick and choose the local races for which they will run commercials.


    But guess what? Ellner is the only BP candidate who is running network ads, so the "pick and choose" argument doesn't hold. But somehow I doubt that Channel 5 will be forced to evaluate in a timely enough fashion to help Ellner in the primaries. Perhaps the press attention to the refusal of his ad will rile some people enough to find out about Ellner. Then again, most people don't even know who's running for Mayor, much less BP.

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