When a group called “Building a Better Ohio” offered Ohio TV stations a deceptive ad last October, a number of stations exercised their prerogative to insist on the accuracy of so-called third party ads by refusing to air it. Their action reminds us that although, with few exceptions, broadcast stations have to air ads sponsored by candidates seeking such federal offices as the presidency, they are under no obligation to accept outside groups’ ads and can insist that any of them they transmit to our living rooms stick to the facts.

FlackCheck.org has launched a page designed to help you email local stations to let them know that you hope they’ll follow the example of these Ohio stations.

If you would like to email the stations in your area to let them know that they don’t have to air deceptive third party ads, click here.

It’s as easy as that!

For answers to these frequently asked questions, click here

  • What is the problem that “Stations: Stand by Your Ad” addresses?
  • What can be done?
  • What can viewers like you do?
  • What is a third-party political ad?
  • What are the broadcaster’s responsibilities?
  • How do broadcast stations benefit from airing third-party ads?
  • Have stations rejected or pulled deceptive third party political ads?
  • How can stations know whether the third party ad is deceptive?
  • What else is this project doing to help stations?
  • There are so many political ads on television, how can stations possibly check them all?
  • What’s been said?
  • What are some of the inaccuracies that have aired this year in third party 2012 presidential ads?
  • How well has the campaign worked to date?
  • Who is sponsoring the project?
  • How do I contact my local broadcast stations?
  • How long will it take to email my local stations from the FlackCheck.org site?
  • Will the stations respond to my email directly?
  • Can I call the stations?
  • Can I start my own online petition?
  • How about ads on the radio?