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Mr. Fanning: I’m

Mr. Fanning:

I’m questioning the notion that you say that WWAY is telling a “half-truth”.

I first invite your attention to the link to the law that is provided by WWAY in the article.

With respect to third party candidacies the code states at:

Section 73.1940 [47 CFR §73.1940] Legally qualified candidates for public office.

[in part] (f) The term "substantial showing" of a bona fide candidacy as used in paragraphs (b), (d) and (e) of this section means evidence that the person claiming to be a candidate has engaged to a substantial degree in activities commonly associated with political campaigning. Such activities normally would include making campaign speeches, distributing campaign literature, issuing press releases, maintaining a campaign committee, and establishing campaign headquarters (even though the headquarters in some instances might be the residence of the candidate or his or her campaign manager). Not all of the listed activities are necessarily required in each case to demonstrate a substantial showing, and there may be activities not listed herein which would contribute to such a showing.

Could it be that the third party references you make refer to candidacies that fail to exhibit a substantial showing of a bona-fide candidacy?

Now, as to censorship of content:

With respect to censorship the code states:

Section 73.1941 [47 CFR §73.1941] Equal Opportunities.

(a) General requirements. Except as other-wise indicated in § 73.1944, no station licensee is required to permit the use of its facilities by any legally qualified candidate for public office, but if any licensee shall permit any such candidate to use its facilities, it shall afford equal opportunities to all other candidates for that office to use such facilities. Such licensee shall have no power of censorship over the material broadcast by any such candidate.

If we look closely at Congressman McIntyre’s ad, we see that it DOES NOT contain a false statement per se. The proposal is for the national sales tax. The political manipulation in this ad is that it fails to place the statement into the context that the sales tax is the REPLACEMENT for the current Internal Revenue Code.

The plain language in the statute is clear. How does this translate into WWAY being "dishonest". The major issue of dishonesty rests with the McIntyre campaign.


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