Hale Media refuses LGBT ad endorsing FilnerAround the City Thursday, October 18th, 2012
In an email exchange between San Diego Democrats for Equality and Hale Media Oct. 10, Hale Media indicated it would not accept any political ads that support mayoral candidate Bob Filner.
The local political organization wanted to place a leaderboard advertisement on San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (SDGLN), a Hale Media Web site. The ad would have listed the club’s political endorsements of all the candidates and propositions in the upcoming election. Filner is one of those.
An email from Hale Media stated, “SDGLN has made a business decision to not accept advertisements for Bob Filner’s mayoral campaign or its supporters, due to the fact that Mr. Filner has falsely accused our company, its employees and our Publisher Johnathan Hale of committing a crime this summer. It is unfortunate that he has yet to offer any apology for making false accusations. Should he decide to do the right thing, we would be happy to work with him or his supporters on placing advertisements with our publication.”
Following SDGLN’s refusal, Doug Case, president of the San Diego Democrats for Equality issued the following statement, “SDGLN has decided not to accept advertising from Bob Filner as a result of a dispute with the candidate. As a business owner, that’s the publisher’s prerogative. What is disturbing, however, is that SDGLN has also refused to accept an endorsement ad from San Diego Democrats for Equality merely because Filner is one of 18 candidates mentioned on our slate – along with our positions on 15 propositions on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election.”
Case continued, “The club has a long history of thoroughly evaluating candidates and propositions, and many members and allies of the LGBT community look to us for guidance as they mark their own ballots. It is unprecedented for a local media outlet serving the LGBT community to reject an endorsement ad from a respected community organization. SDGLN’s decision is a disservice to the community.”
San Diego LGBT Weekly accepts ads from any and every political party. “Our policy is that we will accept political ads as long as they are truthful,” said publisher Stampp Corbin. “LGBT Weekly uses the same standards imposed on the broadcast media with one exception; we try to avoid political ads that intentionally try to misinform our readers.”
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