With the elections just around the corner, campaigns are doinganything they can to get a step up against their opponents. At alllevels of positions, many negative commercials can be seen whereone candidate slams another for various reasons.
KAYU-TV of Spokane, a Fox affiliate, refused to air one campaigncommercial when they felt it sent too hard of a punch withoutsignificant enough proof. The National Republican CongressionalCommittee (NRCC) wanted the ad run on behalf of Cathy McMorris whois running for state representative.
The commercial against Don Barbieri, the Democratic opponent toMcMorris, actually makes a suggestion that his father, who has beendead for several years, was once involved in a shady business deal.The refusal by the TV station to air the ad was based on the factthat the station felt the commercial lacked enough proof to supportthis
I’m not necessarily a Democrat or a Republican. I havevoted for both parties over the few years I have voted. I havenothing against McMorris or Barbieri. That is until now.
After the commercial came out, the Barbieri campaign urgedMcMorris to stand up against the ad. Her campaign said that she hadnothing to do with it, so they could not really speak out againstit.
I was shocked when I heard that the commercial was going toattack the reputation of a deceased person. How low must a campaigngo in order to bolster themselves?
It makes me sick to see all of the mud slinging that goes on inthe campaign commercials that are aired.
Instead of telling us positive things about themselves,candidates seem more focused on ruining the name of whomever theyare running against.
This goes on at all levels of office, from mayor topresident.
KAYU-TV should be commended for standing up and refusing to airan ad that had clearly crossed the line.
It is refreshing to know that an affiliate is not afraid tostick to priorities and bar the mud slinging when it isoutlandishly cruel and unnecessary.
The unfortunate thing is that the ad can be seen on the othernetworks. I guess it will just be one more among hundreds ofothers. Some argue that there is a benefit to knowing the downsideof some candidates. I can’t disagree with this, but believe aline needs to be drawn when it goes too far.
The McMorris campaign has ignored this hate ad by turning awayand pretending it’s not there. The idea that she has no sayin what the NRCC runs for ads in her support is ludicrous to saythe least.
If she really wanted something done about it, I’m sure shewould speak up. She probably figures anything to bash the other andraise herself is worth it.
Maybe McMorris herself is not to blame for the ad, but I believeshe is to blame for not standing up against it. Mud slinging incampaigns has gone too far and must be dealt with before it getscompletely out of hand.