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May 6, 2002  •  Post A Comment

“There’s nothing in the First Amendment that requires a cable network to run propaganda ads for foreign countries. I can’t imagine that [the Saudi royal family] would allow ads that promoted our or Israel’s view on the Middle East and terrorism.”
Sean Hannity, co-host, “Hannity and Colmes,” Fox News Channel
“Saudi Arabia’s … Prince Sultan Air Base has been a staging area for our war in Afghanistan. Promoting our relationship with them is anything but false advertising, and so I believe that accepting these ads can be appropriate.”
Alan Colmes, co-host, “Hannity and Colmes,” Fox News Channel
“These spots are pure propaganda. But this episode does raise the specter of the TV industry currying favor with the White House. As the Internet and TV merge, we need to ensure that all points of view have some kind of access.”
Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy