Nevada TV station removes pro-Catherine Cortez Masto ad after GOP complaints that it misrepresented GOP challenger’s position on child tax credits and cheaper drug prices for seniors
- Republicans complained about a ‘blatantly fake’ Nevada TV ad
- They said it was wrong to say that Adam Naxalt was against extended child tax credits
- An executive at KTVN 2 News said it was pulling the ad, according to Politico
- sen. Catherine Cortez Masto faces an uphill battle to hold onto her seat
- A recent poll gave her a leader four points above her likely challenger Naxalt
Republicans forced a Nevada TV station to run an ad promoting the re-election of Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was backed, it emerged Wednesday, after they complained that it contained “blatantly false” information about her GOP challenger.
Cortez Masto faces an uphill battle to retain her seat against former Attorney General Adam Naxalt.
In the first ad of the 2022 cycle, the Senate Majority PAC ran an ad suggesting that Naxalt oppose the child tax credit, easing Nevada’s economy and cutting drug costs for seniors.
The National Republican Senate Committee wrote to complain about the content, prompting Reno’s CBS affiliate KTVN 2 News to say it pulled the ad.
“I have consulted our lawyers and while this is a difficult decision, we will be pulling the ad from tomorrow unless new documentation or information comes in that changes the course of our decision,” a station director wrote in a message to both sides. , according to Politico Playbook.
sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was dealt a blow in her bid to hold on to her Nevada seat when Republicans successfully persuaded a local TV station to run an ad taunting her likely challenger Adam Laxalt, saying it was “blatantly false.” ‘ contained information
Senate National Republican Committee Complained About Some of the Content of Senate Majority PAC Ad
The NRSC said: ‘These claims are false and based entirely on flawed substantiation’
Complaints from one or the other about TV spots are nothing new.
But the outcome is unusual and prompted a cheering response from the NSRC.
Catherine Cortez Masto’s reelection campaign has had a rocky start.
Chuck Schumer’s Senate Majority PAC chose Nevada to make its first ad buy of the 2022 cycle.
“But that ad came off the air today in Nevada because it was full of blatant falsehoods and ‘blatantly false’ statements about a Republican Senate candidate.”
Cortez Masto’s seat is high on the list of goals as Republicans look to win back the Senate.
A recent poll, by the left-wing Mellman Group for the Nevada Independent, gave her a four-point lead over Naxalt, her likely challenger.
The ad took advantage of provisions in the pandemic relief and reconciliation laws to attack its opponent as an anti-child tax credit and lowering drug costs for seniors.
But that was not true, according to the letter of complaint from the NSRC.
“We have a demonstrated interest in ensuring that Republican candidates are not defamed and that the airwaves we will use are free of misleading and false claims,” it said.
“It has come to our attention that Senate Majority PAC is broadcasting a blatantly false ad on your station targeting Adam Laxalt. The ad, titled “Standing in the Way,” makes three baseless claims based on misquotes: that Laxalt (1) is “against support for Nevada’s economy”; (2) ‘says no to reducing the cost of prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare’; and (3) that Laxalt is “against even the extended child discount for working parents”
“These claims are false and based entirely on flawed substantiation.”
The Senate majority PAC responded through the democratically aligned Elias Law Group.
It told the TV station that the NSRC was not mentioned or harmed in the ad, and that its complaint should therefore be treated in the same way as any other viewer’s complaint.
She also disagreed about the content of the complaint.
“Each of these claims, however, are accurate and supported by clear and eye-catching on-screen quotes and by the additional backup sent to your station,” it said.