Who Paid for a Pittsburgh Political Attack Ad?

Friday, June 07, 2013

Transcript

Shortly before last month’s mayoral primary in Pittsburgh an attack ad began airing criticizing one of the mayoral candidates. The ad was paid for by an anonymous third party and ordinarily the search into its provenance would have stopped there. But last year the FCC changed disclosure rules for anonymous attack ads. Brooke talks to Tim McNulty, political reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, about who paid for the ad and why.

Guests:

Tim McNulty

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

Mark Richard from Columbus OH

Big deal, you know? This sort of thing is the price you pay for the First Amendment. There's a long history of journalism being written under pen names, too. It's always 'different' when other people do it. Journalists aren't the only citizens with free speech rights.

Jun. 10 2013 12:55 PM

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