Stations Won't Air Conservative Ads Attacking Comcast-Time Warner Merger

The conservative battle against cable continues.

The Comcast Corp. logo is seen on the exhibit floor at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Cable Show in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Nine days ago, the Conservative War Chest PAC set out to run TV ads in swing-state markets. They took the form of two-minute jeremiads against the political slant of some MSNBC hosts, ending with appeals to watchers (and voters) to call their affiliates and get them to oppose the proposed merger of Comcast (which owns NBCUniversal) and Time Warner Cable.

Nine days later, no station has taken the ads. It wasn't Plan A, but it'll do.

"NBC’s refusal to air our ads validates the exact concerns that sparked our warnings about the Comcast merger," said CWC's Michael Flynn. "If the government approves the Comcast merger, the company will control 80 percent of local political advertising. Censoring our ad should frighten all sides of the political spectrum. Who knows who a government-sanctioned Comcast would try to censor tomorrow?"

The group's next step is likely to be an FCC complaint, elevating the argument and bringing a government watchdog into it. Meanwhile, progressive opponents of the merger are pounding away, and appreciating the air cover.

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