More Stolen Honor

Jay Rosen points out that Stolen Honor got a lot more airtime than I thought. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Pax Network aired it several times throughout the weekend, also as an infomercial.

the 42-minute “Stolen Honor” was aired 10 times over the weekend on Pax, which reaches 90% of U.S. homes with televisions, according to a news release from NewsMax.com, a conservative news website based in Florida.

In addition, NewsMax paid for airings on select TV stations affiliated with other networks, but it didn’t name them. Some stations airing the film over the weekend were owned by Sinclair, according to viewer complaints on several websites.

NewsMax officials could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

The group’s website, which describes the company as a “for-profit corporation dedicated to informing Americans to the truth the major media won’t report,” has been soliciting donations to pay for the “Stolen Honor” airings. It was not disclosed how much it paid.

This is truly sad and it speaks volumes about the current state of our industry, both from a business standpoint (stations will take anything for cash) and political (broadcasters like Bush’s stand on deregulation).

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