MeidasTouch made a $185,000 ad buy to air their ad in support of Capitol police officers as they tried to stop Trump's insurrection. Upon review, Fox News refused. Ben Meisalas was not happy, saying "Fox has really become is a fascist echo chamber gatekeeper for their base.”
Last night, Brian Williams decided to air it for free.
Source: LA Times
Fox News declined to broadcast an ad Sunday about the violence that law-enforcement members faced as they tried to stop the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to the creators of the political commercial.
“We couldn’t have fathomed in our wildest imaginations that even a Fox News would reject an ad that simply condemns the insurrection, and condemns people who support the insurrection,” said Ben Meiselas, one of the co-founders of MeidasTouch, the liberal Political Action Committee that created the 60-second ad. “What Fox has really become is a fascist echo chamber gatekeeper for their base.”
Broadcast and cable networks have discretion in refusing to air ads by political campaigns and advocacy groups. A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
We made a $184,854 TV buy with this ad on Fox News this week. Fox News just denied airing our ad. Retweet and get it out in every corner of the country. pic.twitter.com/EBz1G2paLv
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 6, 2021