Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Is Fox59 News Supporting Sheriff John Layton's Re-Election?
Watching a campaign commercial for Marion County Sheriff John Layton on Fox59 News this morning, it was hard to distinguish Sheriff Layton's campaign from a promo ad for Fox59, WRTV or any other local TV station. The ad consisted of on-air news stories by various local news personalities reporting on Sheriff Layton's actions. Somebody in management at the local news stations slipped up badly on this one, unless the news departments at the stations don't care about the appearance of objectivity raised by allowing its news personalities to serve as props for a political campaign as long as someone is paying to run an ad on its station. Layton's campaign presumably received permission from the news departments to use those clips in his ad.