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Woodstock station pulls NRCC anti-Delgado ads

Sep 22, 2018 10:30 am
Woodstock radio station WDST (100.1-FM) pulled the National Republican Congressional Committee ads bashing Democrat Antonio Delgado from its airwaves this week calling the ads, "highly offensive and factually distorted." Delgado is trying to unseat Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) in the November election. There are two NRCC anti-Delgado spots airing over-and-over on social media and local television and radio stations. There more music criticism than political think-pieces, focusing more on a hip hop album Delgado released 12 years ago, than on any of his political opinions, and have been called racist by some. Gary Chetkof, WDST's president, wrote on Facebook Sept. 20, "While we try not to impose censorship restrictions and while we do support the free exchange of ideas (even those we do not support), we believe these ads are highly offensive and factually distorted. Therefore after extensive conversation with our FCC attorneys in order to understand our right to not run these political ads, we have decided to discontinue these advertisements." Political observers suggested the NRCC may complain to the Federal Communications Commission about the decision.