Love the AP's smarmy attempt to peg this group as hypocritical. The new campaign finance laws are clear as mud and it should be perfectly acceptible to ask questions.
Question 1: Are ads for F911 cosidered campaign ads? Yes or no?
Question 2: Does the group qualify as a media outlet? Yes or no?
I really don't see any hypocrisy there. Just a request for rules clarification.
Democratic Presidential nominee Senator John Kerry (news - web sites) (L) plays a guitar with a band after a campaign event in Jefferson City, Missouri, August 5, 2004. Kerry and his running mate John Edwards (news - web sites) were on the first day of a campaign train trip taking them to several key Midwestern and western states with less than 100 days until the presidential election. REUTERS/Mike Segar US ELECTION
Under any objective reading of the rules, Air America should be barred from airing during the blackout period. Air America is not a real network. They are simply buying up several hours per day of air time on the cheapest stations they can find to run political infomercials. They are using the same business model as the infomercials that run on cable during the middle of the night. After the election is over, they will propbably pack up and go home.