April 15, 2006
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Remember last week when two TV stations refused to air a factually correct political ad from MoveOn.org? Well, Republicans in Nevada are now running an ad with an easily-checked flat-out lie, and there's no word of any station so far that's refusing to air it.
"Reid's Democrat allies voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as felons," the ad says, "while President Bush and Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our borders and honor our immigrants." [Source]The felon clause was written by Republicans, who later tried to change it to a misdemeanor to avoid being justly criticized. Some Democrats voted against the change on the grounds that they did not want there to be any criminal penalties at all.
While this ad fits the Republican habit of blaming Democrats for Republican misdeeds, it is still a blatant lie. But while NBC stations claimed to object to the veracity of MoveOn.org's ads (while never specifying what was supposedly untrue), there is not a single media outlet reported so far that is even hesitating to take the money for this ad. More liberal media bias!