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GOP Warns TV Stations Not to Air Ad Alleging Bush Mislead the Nation Over Iraq

Republican attorneys claim that it isn't the Bush administration who is guilty of misleading the country but the Democrats for running an anti-Bush TV spot. Only one station has refused to run the ad, a Fox station.
Attorneys for the Republican Party are warning TV stations not to air a new commercial by the Democratic National Committee that charges President Bush misled the country in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. The video shows Bush saying, "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Republicans said the ad is "deliberately false and misleading" because the ad omits the portion of Bush's statement where he points out that the disputed information came from the British government.

A letter from Republican counsel to TV stations in Wisconsin reads in part, "The Democratic National Committee certainly has a legitimate First Amendment right to participate in political debate, but it has no right to willfully spread false information in a deliberate attempt to mislead the American people... as an FCC licensee you have the responsibility to exercise independent editorial judgment to not only oversee and protect the American marketplace of ideas, essential for the health of our democracy, but also to avoid deliberate misrepresentations of the facts."

The letter concludes: "Such obligations must be taken seriously. This letter puts you on notice that the information contained in the above-cited advertisement is false and misleading; therefore, you are obligated to refrain from airing this advertisement."

A message on the DNC website now reads: "This is the ad President Bush doesn't want you to see."

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false information 23.Jul.2003 09:37

Pink Panther

"...it has no right to willfully spread false information in a deliberate attempt to mislead the American people... "

Apparently only Bush has the right to do that.

This time the dresses are stained with blood & oil 23.Jul.2003 10:18

mcj

Before he enter on the execution of his office, he [the President] shall take the following oath or affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." [Article II, Sec. 1, US Constitution]

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. [Article II, Sec. 4, US Constitution]

What part of this is confusing?

False Information on Television....Nooo! 23.Jul.2003 10:50

Pink Pixie

From what I understand, those aren't real people on TV, but actors. And the things you see in movies aren't real either, it's all made up. Someone needs to tell the authorities right away.

We can't have anything false on TV. Hurry!!!

MoveOn.org 23.Jul.2003 10:56

MoveOn Critic

Despite its feet dragging and often wimpy stances, MoveOn.org has released a similar commercial calling for an investigation into the manipulation of intelligence and lies by the Republican administration. I don't know if this is the same commercial referred to above, but it is excellent! Too bad they have to reward the same television broadcasters, who news outlets failed the country by not asking tough questions months ago, with money for commercials. Sucking up to the same media who screwed its viewers. Nothing get done in the U.S. without money being shoved in someone's face.


Don't get fixated... 24.Jul.2003 22:13

Diogenes

...on the Uranium Lie. There are plenty of others and we need to trumpet them as well. At this point the Bush Junta knows that the Uranium Story is out there so I would expect them to use it to divert attention from other failings - like blocking any investigation into 911 and hamstringing the pitiful one we have so far. They will probably continue with "limited hang-out" on the Uranium story and milk it for all the diversionary properties they can squeeze out of it.

Bush Knew.