May 18, 2009

Comcast Doesn’t Pull HCAN’s Ads

You know your thinly-veiled front-group isn’t really getting much traction when you start to outright lie about throwing your weight around.

Last week Health Care for America Now ran this ad targeting disgraced Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott and his organization Conservatives for Patients’ Rights:

HCAN bought ad space for “Shady” from May 6 to May 13 so, according to their blog, they weren’t surprised when it stopped running after their purchase expired.

But according to Rick Scott, the ad came down because he wrote an angry letter to Comcast.

I'm sure we've all written angry letters to media service providers before to no effect, but Rick Scott believes he is special. In an email to CPR supporters Scott wrote:

“As you may know, the liberal group Health Care for America Now recently started running a mudslinging TV ad against me personally. After reviewing HCAN's ad, Comcast has determined that it is misleading and has been pulled off the air.”

In a statement, Comcast's Executive Director for Corporate Communications and Government Affairs Sena Fitzmaurice said:

“To clarify -- Comcast has not pulled any ads produced by Health Care for America Now off our systems. The media buy for the ad in question expired on May 13.”

This just goes to show the truth in the statement: “You can try to change the subject, but you can't lie to change the subject.”

Rick Scott said that.

And when he did he was talking about HCAN.

And he was lying.


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