Urge TV stations to check third party ads before airing them

When a group called “Building a Better Ohio” offered Ohio TV stations a deceptive ad in October of 2011, a number of stations exercised their prerogative to insist on the accuracy of so-called third party ads by refusing to air it. Their action reminds us that although, with few exceptions, broadcast stations have to air ads sponsored by candidates seeking such federal offices as the presidency, they are under no obligation to accept outside groups’ ads and can insist that any of them they transmit to our living rooms stick to the facts.

During the 2012 election cycle, FlackCheck.org hosted a service that helped thousands of citizens email their local stations and demand that they stand by their ads.

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