WIS Refuses to Air New SCRG Ad
WIS-TV is refusing to air a new television ad by South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG), sources close to both organizations tell FITS.
The ad, which you can watch by clicking here, accuses The State newspaper of being under the thumb of a "liberal, out-of-state corporation" that is "trying to influence our elections" and "spiking stories in the news department just like the New York Times."
The State, according to the ad, is "liberal, biased and just plain wrong."
Allegedly penned by SCRG communications director Denver Merrill and Joshua Gross of the S.C. Club for Growth, the ad is currently running on Columbia stations WLTX and WOLO.
It was initially refused airtime on WIS late Friday by the station's General Manager, Mel Stebbins, who vehemently objected to its content.
Sources tell FITS that attorneys for both WIS and SCRG have been in communication and that a meeting is scheduled for Monday between the groups to discuss the matter further.
As far as FITS can tell, this is the first time a television advertisement has specifically gone after a news outlet here in South Carolina.
The State's Lee Bandy, a forty-year veteran of South Carolina politics, says "numerous candidates and groups have spoken critically of the media" in the past, but this is the first time he can recall an ad specifically targeting an individual news outlet.
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