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WPTV pulls anti-Frankel ad

by Andrew Abramson | September 24th, 2012

WPTV-Channel 5 pulled this controversial anti-Lois Frankel TV ad from the air this evening after complaints from Frankel’s campaign. The helicopter ride and marble bathroom weren’t in dispute. Instead, Frankel got the ad yanked over the claim that her spending spree caused a budget deficit.

Cities are required, by state law, to balance their budget each year. While West Palm Beach faced a large deficit in Frankel’s final year in office, the city made the necessary (and required) cuts to balance the budget. By the same measure, Frankel has touted balancing the budget as one of her accomplishments. Again, balancing the budget is required by law.

WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said Monday that the ad is being pulled “until there are changes made to the commercial.”

“There was a claim that there was a budget deficit, and that was never corroborated,” Bucher said.

The ad was purchased by The Young Guns Action fund, a conservative Super PAC. Young Guns is paying WPTV $173,750 to run ads through the election.

Bucher said it’s common for campaigns to complain about ads, but rare for an ad to actually be pulled.

“The stations have a duty to look into supporting corroboration,” Bucher said.

Joshua Karp, a spokesman for Frankel, said in a statement, “stations have an obligation to protect the public from false, misleading and deceptive advertising, and the station here recognized that the advertisement in question was all three.”

Bucher said he expects Young Guns to release a new version of the ad.

“I’m sure they’re going to fix it and adjust it,” Bucher said.

As of now, the ad is still running on other networks and on cable.

Frankel is facing Adam Hasner in the District 22 congressional race.

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38 Responses to “WPTV pulls anti-Frankel ad”

  1. sammy Says:

    Liberal media strikes again!!!!!!

  2. nemo Says:

    Adam Hasner, or Adolph Hitler…Lois should not win…ever.

  3. The Truth Says:

    They have been trying to pull other GOP ads. This station manager is a far left loon.

  4. great ad Says:

    lois is hated, if her former husband was not an outstanding lawyer would have gone to jail for whaT SHE DID IN WEST PALM

  5. Tim Says:

    They don’t dispute the,coptor ride or the marble bathroom?
    She also say’s she balanced the budget.That is required by law,she really doesn’t seem to have a leg to stand on,and oh yeah wasn’t she building that TajMahal during the budget cut’sl

  6. Voter Says:

    Are those Palm Beach Jews complaining again?

  7. David Says:

    libs own the media

  8. Louise Says:

    Sorry, not a Frankel fan but I have to agree with WPTV, the lie is just too big and OBVIOUS to let it run. Thanks Channel 5 for doing the right thing.

  9. cm Says:

    Here we go again, blaming the liberals again. Just be quiet already, anybody will listen to Faux.

  10. tom Says:

    I agree, WPTV did the right thing in pulling the ad. Super Pacs with unlimited funds have too much influence. We have a right to know whose money is being spent to mislead us. A constitutional amendment can be set up by the citizens if enough people sign petitions to overturn the Citizens United ruling. That did serious harm to our country.

  11. tom Says:

    Oh, and the anti-Frankel ad looks like it was produced in a middle school film class. Oh, I guess that would insult the students, so I take it back. Really a shoddy, dumb ad, with very low quality. Can’t the “Young Guns” PAC find a production company that can do a decent video? Geesh!! You should be ashamed…

  12. Bob Says:

    It doesn’t matter…intelligent people wouldn’t watch worthless TV on WPTV anyway. Their shows are for simpletons and their newacasts are about as exciting as watching paint dry. Liberal pukes should kumbaya together on a remote island sans integrity, morals, or birth certificates

  13. Metal Rules Says:

    All a balanced budget means is that there is a line item to pay for exhorbitant expenditures and loans.

    Lois is all about Lois. Always has been. Always will be.

    For her to intimate she cares about people and will work for THEM is laughable.
    In a word, she sucks.

  14. Pat Says:

    Lois will thumb her nose at all of you on election day. No matter what Hasner does, she will beat him. Then what? I suppose all of you will find someone else to attack.

  15. Dee Says:

    If were lucky all the Young guns will get shot! A bunch of Repuglithugs.

  16. Nemo Says:

    Are we living in the Soviet Union, Venezuela or Cuba?

  17. tuffsheet Says:

    In a word, she sucks.
    @ metal rules….I agree…. but that’s 2 words!

  18. SteveO Says:

    I mean, nobody really considers WPTV to be an unbiased bastion of journalistic intergrity now, do they? Virtually, every political ad I see contains lies and untruths. This all goes back to the favors the city did for WPTV while Lois was mayor.

  19. SID NEEDS TO GO Says:

    The liberal media is always on my side – ALWAYS.

  20. Forgone Conclusion Says:

    Anybody who thinks the media is liberal has been listening to to much Faux news and Rushbo, Billo etc. Most of the media in the U.S. is owned by major corporations who have a vested interest in the GOP/Teabagger party that always supports corporate America. Quit sounding like a bunch of manipulated puppets and try and use your OWN BRAIN instead of listening to someone else. As for Channel 5, I no longer trust them or their news. They reported that Julian Assange (Wikileaks) who resides in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, that the British police had raided the embassy and arrested Assange. This was reported by Mike Trim, with a smile on his face and was a blatant lie. No retraction or apology. So much for the “liberal” media!

  21. NO to Lois Says:

    GO ADAM HASNER!

    Lois Frankel will never get my INDEPENDENT VOTE!

    Her past history indicates what her future actions will be.

    Former Mayor Frankel left the city of WPB in debt and the hundreds of millions in construction cost will hit WPB taxpayers in a balloon payment

    Frankel brought in a ‘personal friend’ to work in her administration

    Frankel accused a local business of contaminating water but it turned out to be the city’s fault!

    Frankel does not have the social skill set to bring people together. Her offensive language directed at WPB commissioners and public speakers is well known.

    and most aggregious was Frankel blocking citizens from placing a referendum for the public to vote on.

    Frankel LOST THE CASE!

    That’s FAILED LEADERSHIP.

    Frankel blocked citizens from having their say, just imagine how your voice won’t be heard if Lois wins.

  22. Dangerous Opposition Says:

    @ Dee

    “If were lucky all the Young guns will get shot! A bunch of Repuglithugs.”

    This is the mentality of democrats. Death wishes for those who do not think like they do.

    Serious flawed personality
    Should be investigated.

  23. npgator Says:

    It should be illegal for that station to pull that ad.

  24. Dave Turk Says:

    Dee needs some mental health intervention..she is an obvious miserable human being

  25. Oh Please Says:

    Here we go again….Lois and her goons shaping the news. Does anyone watch Channel 5 anymore? They’re not responsible for the content and should not pull anything off the air…that’s censorship and propaganda at its highest and scariest form. WAKE UP PALM BEACH.

  26. Poor pitiful Dee Says:

    Dee is her name because mom and dad couldn’t come up with any more letters.

    By far not the brightest bulb in any pack.

  27. Florida Guest Says:

    SIMPLY PUT…ADAM HASNER SHOULD WIN IN A LANDSLIDE!Ad or no ad…Lois Frankel is a B***h and should not get anywhere near the Senate.

  28. More of the same... Says:

    All you have to do is look at the fiscal mess Frankel left in WPB to see what she’s all about. How anyone, of any party, could vote for ‘more of the same’ just fails the common sense test.

  29. Ruby Says:

    Again, the Dems are trying to run the airwaves. WPTV should leave the commercial alone. Stop tampering with the news…give it to us straight unless they are afraid to which it looks like. All the media are in the palm of the Dems hands. You can’t get honest news out of any of the networks.
    Its just plain disgusting already.

  30. be real for a change Says:

    they pull this ad yet run ads all day long by the dnc full of b/s inre to obama’s record and all these ‘created’ jobs that noone can find ? and i love the hatred and vile comming from the mouths of these lefties. why are these clowns so angry all the time ?

  31. 2 guys 1 jar & 1 cup Says:

    LOOK! I’M A GAY BLACK MAN AND I WOULD RATHER BE DIPPED INTO THE FECES OF A THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN BEFORE I WOULD VOTE FOR HASNER! LOIS BROUGHT THIS CITY BACK FROM THE BRINK OF DISASTER AFTER BUSH AND HIS CRONIES GOT DONE WITH IT. AFTER TAKING US TO WAR OVER OIL STARTED FROM THE INSIDE JOB OF 9/11. ANSWER ME THIS ADAM! HOW DID WORLD TRADE CENTER BUILDING #7 COLLAPSE? HUH? SEE THERE I GOT YA! YOU AIN’T GOT NO RESPONSE DO YA?! HAHAHAHAHAHA! CHINGCHONG POTATO!

  32. howie Says:

    I concede that the gay black males full of crap vote goes to Frankel..

  33. Ron Says:

    When are you going to pull the Obama ads.
    Ton of lies in those too. Just another example of the liberal media and censorship. Only in Obama’s America. Shame on you Lois and WPTV!

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