(I’m into the quick one word judgments these days. So Jay Leno: BAD! – promoted by SFBrianCL)
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Update: This afternoon the campaign sent a letter to the station managers at California’s 11 NBC affiliates demanding that they pull tonight’s broadcast of the “Tonight Show” featuring Governor Schwarzenegger and to halt promos for tonight’s broadcast, or provide Phil with equal time.
In December of 2003, 32 NBC affiliates pulled an episode of “Saturday Night Live” that featured then Presidential candidate Al Sharpton due to equal time considerations. Click here to read more.
Some additional news for our Calitics friends:
Several minutes of exposure on one of America’s most popular late night talk shows? Worth millions.
Not having to answer tough questions from reporters? Fantastic.
Having the taxpayers foot the bill for The Tonight Show jaunt? Priceless.
Tonight Arnold Schwarzenegger will receive from NBC and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno what can only be described as a free multi-million dollar infomercial when the Governor appears (in violation of FCC equal time rules) on The Tonight Show.
As if being handed what amounts to millions of dollars worth of free exposure on national television four weeks from Election Day and as Californians are already casting absentee ballots weren’t enough, it has now come to our attention that the taxpayers of California get to foot the bill for The Tonight Show visit.
That’s right folks. The Governor’s own spokesperson has confirmed that the Governor’s jaunt to hang with buddy Jay Leno is “official,” which means taxpayers get the bill for this trip.
It is an insult to the people of California that Governor Schwarzenegger has time to pal around on a talk show but doesn’t have the time to debate his opponent and defend his record. After spending $35 million in his campaign of mass deception, the last thing the Governor needs is a gift from the network.
Schwarzenegger should reimburse the state for this trip.
Update: 1:33pm – 2417 messages. 1:03pm – 2205 messages. As of 12:42pm, 2054 messages have been sent to NBC and The Tonight Show!
We’ve always thought the Schwarzenegger Administration is a joke. And apparently so does Jay Leno.
Perhaps that’s why Leno invited Schwarzenegger to appear for a few laughs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno alongside supermodel Heidi Klum and a Las Vegas circus act on Wednesday night.
There’s only one problem with that – it appears to violate the FCC rules and regulations regarding equal time for candidates during campaign season.
This is where you come in. We’ve already contacted The Tonight Show with Jay Leno about Phil appearing on the show, but we think they need a little extra nudge.
Click here to get Phil on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Governor Schwarzenegger’s exclusive appearance on The Tonight Show constitutes a violation of the equal time rule – an appearance by a candidate on a program that reaches all of California’s voters and provides favorable treatment to that candidate.
In order to remove the appearance of any bias, we’ve asked The Tonight Show to have Phil appear or – even better – invite both candidates for Governor to appear for a second mini-debate. So far, NBC has not responded to our request.
We’re not the only ones concerned about Governor Schwarzenegger’s appearance. Yesterday, Congressman Xavier Becerra also sent a letter to the FCC, noting NBC’s violation of the law. But we need more people to speak out!
The only thing that’s not funny is the Governor’s contempt for California voters: No time for more than one hour-long debate, but plenty of time to pal around with his Hollywood friends.
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