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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2012
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NAB Statement on Free Press Report on Broadcasters' Political Campaign News Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the release of a report entitled "Citizens Inundated" by Free Press, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"Free Press apparently believes there's too little election coverage, a premise that seems shaky given the political discourse, debates and candidate coverage that Americans see and hear every day on many broadcast stations.

"What's more troubling is that Free Press cites discredited research as the basis for additional rules on broadcasting. This 'research' only counts political coverage that occurs during the narrow timeframe of weekday evening newscasts, thus ignoring campaign coverage on morning news programs, noon news, weekend public affairs shows, televised debates, State of the Union speeches and political coverage on local broadcast station websites. By embracing past studies that ignore the totality of our campaign coverage, Free Press demonstrates a disturbing intellectual dishonesty reminiscent of their previous attacks on broadcasting."

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