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Was the Ad Yanked?



Did WTVT, a Tampa Fox station, yank an anti-Davis ad? Depends on how you define "yank."

The station pulled the ad for a few hours Thursday morning; it missed one scheduled showing. Two words were deleted before it was put back on the air.

It's an example of how, in the heat of a competitive election, some things that appear black and white are really a muddled shade of gray.

The problem was in a graphic that read: "Jim voted to deny some struggling workers the minimum wage. HR 3846 3/9/00. "

Davis voted for the overall HR 3846, which increased minimum wage. But that resolution also had exemptions excluding some computer, sales and funeral employees from getting the increased minimum wage. When Congressional Democrats tried a last-ditch effort to get the bill sent back to committee to review those exemptions, Davis was among 28 Democrats and 214 Republicans (and one independent) to vote against that effort.

The TV commercial was held Thursday morning, while lawyers argued. The solution? Delete "HR 3846." Now, all the ads sport that change. For those who missed it, that ad was paid for by a sugar-backed political committee that wants Rod Smith to win the primary.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:15pm]


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