January 27, 2010 |
CBS Corp., acknowledging Tuesday that it has changed its policy and now accepts commercials that advocate political causes, defended its decision to run a politically sensitive advertisement during next month's Super Bowl. The thicket that CBS finds itself in could become increasingly common for TV networks and local stations. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a decades-old prohibition that prevented corporations from buying ads and financing candidates and campaigns. Now media analysts are predicting that as much as $500 million in corporate money could flood this year's political campaigns, unleashing a torrent of issue advertising that will force TV executives to weigh the ever-shifting debate about which commercials cross the line.
September 14, 2001 |
The commercial that ran Wednesday night on one New York City television station represented every advertiser's worst nightmare. The spot promoting a television series showed a model wedged between the now-destroyed World Trade Center towers. "That's just outrageous," said Mark Morris, chairman of Bates North America, a New York advertising agency. "Someone should have said, 'Oh, my God, stop that.' It never should have happened."
January 3, 1998 |
Brown & Williamson, a unit of BAT Industries in Britain, paid a $100,000 fine imposed by a Minnesota judge for failing to turn over papers from its American Tobacco unit. In a letter with the check, Louisville-based Brown & Williamson said it isn't waiving its right to appeal the fine, which was ordered by Ramsey County District Court Judge Kenneth Fitzpatrick. Brown & Williamson made the payment several days ahead of the court's 10-day deadline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1998
It's now or never for campaign finance reform. Never, that is, as far as the 105th Congress is concerned. Buoyed by House passage of a reform bill in August, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) are pursuing one more attempt to pass their own measure, as early as Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) opposes reform but has agreed to a final vote on the measure. McCain and Feingold got the support of 50 other senators the last time the bill came up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1995
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to draft a letter of protest to the Telemundo television network for airing distilled liquor advertisements that some fear are aimed at young Latinos.
September 28, 2008 |
Newspaper subscribers are accustomed to the sample-size boxes of laundry detergent or aspirin bottles that sometimes arrive packaged with their morning paper, courtesy of advertisers. But readers in battleground states are getting a different kind of freebie: the DVD of a controversial documentary on Islam.