Oct 17, 2012 11:56 PM by Jim Hummel
Citing The Federal Communications Act, KATC has denied a request from U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany's campaign to pull an ad being run by his opponent, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry.
The ad in question claims Boustany agrees with 80% of the so-called "Obamacare" and that he was the original sponsor of medicare "death panels."
In a letter to KATC, John Porter with the Boustany campaign disputes the ad and accuses the Landry campaign of defamation, writing: "Dr. Boustany led the fight to ensure death panel language and these radical ideas were excluded from the affordable care act. Dr. Boustany succeeded in fighting against death panels and for the pro-life provision."
KATC denied the request from Boustany's campaign, citing Section 315 of The Communication Act of 1934, which deals with political advertising.
"The station is prohibited by The Communications Act to provide any censorship and censorship would include pulling the spot from rotation," said KATC President and General Manager Andrew Shenkan.
The rules are different for politicians, and that ban on censorship applies only to ads on behalf of candidates seeking office. For instance, if special interest groups were to buy ads with false or misleading information, those ads could be pulled.