Salem Communications faces questions about an event the company is sponsoring in Illinois. Presidential Candidate Andy Martin and his supporters have serious concerns that Salem may have been duped into sponsoring a bogus or dubious “poll.”
ANDY MARTIN /2012
New Hampshire’s Favorite Son candidate
for President of the United States
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P. O. Box 1851, New York, NY 10150-1851
Tel. (866) 706-2639 Fax (866) 707-2639
September 29, 2011
with copy to:
Dear Mr. Reisman:
I am concerned that Salem Communications may have been duped into sponsoring an event which is at its core a political scam.
WIND-AM is promoting a “TeaCon” presidential poll from which a number of presidential candidates have been excluded.
I realize that “politics” as a whole has an odor of fraud and manipulation about it, which is why ordinary people find political machinations repugnant.
But federal broadcast licensees and national broadcasting companies are held to a much higher standard of behavior when they sponsor or endorse a product or event.
Unlike editorial judgments, where broadcast licensees are given broad latitude by the FCC in areas of news judgment, the Commission applies stringent fraud and manipulation standards to activities of licensees when they sponsor events or purport to conduct “polls” and similar promotional activity. That’s why, for example, media “debates” seldom promote “polls.” A “debate” is an area of editorial activity. A “poll” is not.
My supporters in Illinois are seriously concerned that Jack Roeser, with the imprimatur of legitimacy conferred by Salem Communications, is conducting a bogus straw poll and campaign event from which some presidential candidates, including myself, have been excluded.
As someone who is very possibly the leading Tea Party presidential candidate in the Republican Party’s 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary, and as someone who has been fighting corrupt politics in Illinois for 45 years, I am deeply concerned by the apparent fraud and manipulation. I wanted to bring these thoughts to your personal attention.
Before I evaluate my options I would like to afford you an opportunity to respond to my concerns.