Political Ads have a lower standard for truthfullness than normal speech

More TV stations are pulling ads from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, overseen by Florida Senator Rick Scott, because the claims being made in the ads are so false that the stations can’t justify airing them. This is the 2nd time that this has happened to the Committee, and shows that Republicans aren’t going to play nice and that they aren’t above lying to our faces in order to win elections. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.


Link – https://www.rawstory.com/gop-ads-misi…

The national Republican senatorial committee, which is led by Florida’s Republican Senator. Rick Scott has for the second time in three weeks, had one of their ads pulled off the air because it was so filled with lies that local TV stations simply could not justify running it. Let me read this from raw story. The first ad claimed that gas prices under Senator Maggie Hassan increased 23% during her prior tenure, as governor, which turned out to not only be false, but prices actually decreased. According to the report, the G O P actually cited in the ad. The second ad went after North Carolina, Sherry Beasley, and accused her of setting free a child porn offender. When she served as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme court. And also those claims are false. Now here’s the thing, Republicans putting out ads saying things that are totally false is not new. I mean, heck even Democrats do that. Politicians do that for the most part. It’s very rare to find one that doesn’t, but political ads are protected in ways that regular speech is not in ways that you know, these videos are not protected. If I say something incorrect, I’m gonna be hit with a defamation lawsuit. If I call somebody a criminal, but they’ve never been convicted, I’m gonna get sued.

You can do that in political ads though, and not get sued. Isn’t that a little as backwards here in the United States, I think it is. I would love to see that changed. I would love to see political ads held up to the same scrutiny as literally everything else, right? News reports, entertainment shows everything should be held to the same standard. But I think actually political ads should be held to a higher standard because that influences how people vote and who gets to run the country. So it comes down to the TV stations who are, of course the ones who’ve pulled the ads. And of course they have the authority to do that. They are privately owned companies. They can say, listen, what you’re saying is totally false. We could, could be hit with defamation lawsuits for spreading this. After we received complaints telling us it was totally false. We’re not gonna risk that. So we’re not gonna do it. Two ads in two separate areas of the country in three weeks. And we still got 22 weeks until the midterm elections. But this also just shows folks the length to which Republicans will go to trash and smear their opponents. And like I said, Democrats do it too, but nobody does it more or worse than Republicans. They make things up all the time. They slap these

Labels on people. You’re a communist. You’re a socialist again. If I go on a video right now and I were to say something, this is an example. I’m not making the claim. If I said, Marjorie Taylor green is a communist. End of sentence. She could come back, literally Sue me for defamation. And I would lose that case. Folks. You can’t slap a label on somebody say that they are X when they are in fact not, but you can in political ads, which of course is why we see these Republicans saying all Democrats are socialists. All Democrats are communists. Democrats are killing babies. Democrats are tanking the economy on purpose. All of these horrible claims that of course have all been made in Republican ads. This year is totally legal. And until we change that, we have to just hope that there’s more TV stations out there




when politicians set the rules about what can and can’t be said in political ads, of course there aren’t going to be any limits.


It sucks that in political ads the rule is their is no rule!!!!!
Rick Scott is living proof that United States Senators can be as disingenuous as a used car salesman. The guy was part of one of the largest defrauding cases in United States history.
What we actually need is more people to realize that every time a Republican makes an accusation it’s actually a veiled confession.