News 4 has no control over running political ads showing aborted fetuses

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Updated: 10/29/2012 5:27 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Starting this week, a very graphic advertisement is slated to begin airing on this station and four other Reno television stations, and News 4 has no control over what is in the ad, or whether or not to run it.

The advertisement is for Independent American Party Candidate Russell Best, who is running for Congressional District 2. Best is on the ballot in Nevada as a qualified candidate running for federal office, meaning he can purchase ad time to run his political advertisements on every program on a broadcast station, even children's programming.

News 4 and every other station on the public airwaves across the nation has to run political ads from federal candidates, no matter what the content.

The advertisement, which will run this week, includes photographs of aborted fetuses.

Please know that this station does not condone or support the advertisement, and we have no control of the content in it.
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SaraO - 10/30/2012 5:53 PM
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I am in Florida and the ad started to run here as well. Although I respect freedom and understand people have different beliefs, I feel this goes beyond a political or moral opinion. My children saw this ad, and they are 13 and 4. It is aired during the day and evening. Anyone willing to use photos of dead babies for their own political agenda seems to lack the moral compass they claim they have.

KusanagiShiro - 10/30/2012 2:28 PM
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Wow...that is just too graphic. I have a feeling this guy is gonna lose.

ITSME - 10/30/2012 2:26 PM
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wow, talk about freedoms, HEY if you dont want to see the ad, then dont look, but I agree, if it is shown, maybe it can bring to light, what an abortion really is, after all I have seen many who had one and they werent ever right in the head again after it, because they were blind going in, I for one , would never do that no matter what, and if they show this ad, Im for it , if you saw the things Obama has as far as commercials with these children speaking about being a virgin and relating it to voting for Obama, or the children singing their jingle to put down romney saying untrue things about him, Now what is right about those commercials if you are talking about worrying what your children see, HELL, OBAMA HAS YOUR CHILDREN BEING BRAINWASHED BY OTHER CHILDREN, just turn it off , if it offends you or your children,

vietnamvet25 - 10/30/2012 8:20 AM
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If this station is a private business and should have the option to run a paid advertisement or not. But since this election season and the media are being blessed with so much paid advertising it is hard for a 1% corperation to say no. So they try an candy coat it by saying that have no control over what content is.....The control of content is dont accept the ad.

NVAdvocate - 10/29/2012 9:35 PM
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You notice the article does not cite this "law" that requires the station to air the ad "regardless of content." The stations have the right to object to objectionable material, because... this is America. Least it used to be. Maybe they lost due process rights with the great "Patriot Act" assault on our freedoms. However, traumatizing young children is inhumane and can have long lasting effects. While it may be "truth" we do not invite children in to observe the act of procreating either. There is a reason for that: it would be considered obscene to do so. I challenge channel 4 not only to publish the law, but to determine what their due process rights are and how they can appeal the requirement to air something it (and presumably the general public) finds objectonable/inappropriate/obscene. Don't just take the money and run. Stand up for children.

chocomom - 10/29/2012 8:12 PM
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If you seek truth and knowledge, then seek it. No one is stopping you..But the truth doesnt need to be shoved in your face..I dont want to know your personal business or nasty habits or medical procedures..I know you have some, but i don't need to know about them or see them. Yes, abortion is real and happens, but we dont need to be in the room to confirm that. Also, abortion is not illegal; beating your children is; behind closed doors or not. And thank goodness you are not in charge of what people see or dont see. Its not your decision, its MINE...Genital gonorrhea is real; but I dont need to see it to know it....Get it ?? Shock and awe politics only shows that the candidate doesnt have what it takes to run on his own merits.

Bcoffey - 10/29/2012 7:10 PM
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What is so wrong with the images? I see no problem. Its truth, just in your face. I don't understand why it's ok for aborted fetuses to be thrown away like trash behind closed doors, but when you can see it, it's bad or something? That's like me saying as long as someone beats their child where I can't see it, it's ok. Why is this world turning their heads on things wrong in this world... It's ignorant. I completely support this ad, and I think it's something that needs to be seen by everyone.

chocomom - 10/29/2012 6:59 PM
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And what happens to you if your don't run the ads ?? Is it worth it to you and your viewers to disregard this invisible order?? A well timed power outage or "breaking news" event can override the ad airing...When does KRNV stand up for what they believe to be offensive and detrimental to minds; old and young? You blur out other photos not appropriate for viewing and bleep dirty words....why can't you do the same...someone needs to step up....your staff has children...will you protect them? Perhaps a pre-air warning of graphic content that runs long enough to warn people might work...that way the public has some chance of not being caught off guard...I am sure you can come up with some creative ideas...that is also your obligation to the viewing public.
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