All TV Stations Pull HSUS’s ‘Patently False’ Ad; King Campaign Encourages All Stations to Pull Ad
***9/25/12 9:10 a.m. UPDATE: FIVE TV stations have now pulled the televison ad. KMEG (CBS/FOX - Sioux City) is the latest to drop the dishonest and false ad from HSUS***
*** 9/25/12 10:04 a.m. UPDATE: SIX TV stations have now pulled the televison ad. KTIV (NBC - Sioux City) is the latest to drop the dishonest and false ad from HSUS***
*** 9/25/12 3:24 p.m. UPDATE: SEVEN TV stations have now pulled the television ad. KIMT (CBS - Mason City) is the latest to drop the false ad.
***9/25/12 3:57 p.m. UPDATE: ALL Eight TV stations have pulled HSUS's ad.
King calls on Vilsack to condemn HSUS’s actions and return their contribution
Five Iowa television stations have pulled The Humane Society of the United State’s (HSUS) lobbying arm, The Humane Society Legislative Fund’s (HSLF), television advertisement against Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) due to its misleading and “patently false” allegations.
The advertisement fails to mention King’s testimony on the McGovern Amendment in question where he said, “I, too, oppose any kind of animal fighting.”
The Des Moines Register reports the following stations have pulled the advertisement: KCAU (ABC-Sioux City), KCCI (CBS-Des Moines), WHO-TV (NBC-Des Moines) and WOI (ABC-Des Moines), KMEG (CBS/FOX - Sioux City), KTIV (NBC- Sioux City) and KIMT (CBS - Mason City).
“We have opted not to run the spot in both Des Moines and Sioux City more so, if not exclusively, based on the fact that we believe the message is patently false,” said Ray Cole, president and chief operating officer of Citadel Communications, which operates KCAU and WOI in a Des Moines Register report.
Cole continued, “A review of congressional records shows that King made it clear to his fellow members of Congress that he is opposed to all forms of dog fighting, but believes the issue is a state matter rather than a federal issue. The upshot is that this spot does not hold up to the light of day.”
“I said it during the debate and I’ll say it again, I oppose all forms of animal cruelty and animal fighting,” said King. “This type of ‘patently false’ advertisement has no place in Iowa or American politics. I call on Christie Vilsack to return the donation she received from the Humane Society of the United States, who is only interested in dishonest smears, and join me in condemning the Humane Society of the United States Legislative Fund’s advertisement.”
The Vilsack campaign has accepted a $1,000 donation from The Humane Society Legislative Fund.
Following the McGovern Amendment debate in July, the Ames Tribune reported, “…King never said he wanted to legalize, or even support, animal fighting.”