Randall Terry, founder of the 1980s pro-life advocacy group Operation Rescue, has asked the FCC to intervene on a decision by an affiliate television station of NBC that refused to run seemingly controversial pro-life advertisement during this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Terry, who asserts that he is a Democratic candidate for president, is claiming that as such NBC’s WMAQ station in Chicago should accept his TV advertising.
The television station declined his advertisement buy, indicating that since the Democratic Party disavowed Terry, he is not a legitimate presidential candidate.
Terry has asked the FCC to step in and order WMAQ to air the ads. He additionally indicated that he has purchased television airtime on half a dozen other stations across the country.
“I think we’re going to win,” Terry told Politico.
Under FCC rules, broadcasters cannot legally inhibit the content of a candidate’s communication to voters. In order to resolve the matter, it will be necessary for the administrative agency to focus on whether Terry’s candidacy is a legal and legitimate one.
Terry, a registered Democrat and write-in candidate, was the subject of a letter from the Democratic Party, which claimed that Terry’s candidacy was illegitimate.
“After a thorough review, we've determined that Mr. Terry does not meet the FCC requirements to become a ‘bona fide’ candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States and, therefore, will not be permitted to advertise on our station,” WMAQ indicated in a released statement.
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