From: John Baglio <email@example.com>
Date: 11/28/97 2:10am
Subject: Free air time for political campaigns
I am writing to give my opinion that political candidates should be given
fair yet substantial access to TV for advertising. I understand that
television stations are essentially issued a broadcasting frequency for
free. This frequency and the airwaves in general are in the public
domain and regulated by the FCC, an organization I support with my tax
I have become jaded regarding the state of politics in our country today.
Part of this feeling comes from the way candidates access and use the
media, especially TV. The politician with the most money gets to run the
most and the longest ads, sling the most mud and put his or her name in
front of the most people during prime times. I would like to see the
political scene enlivened by allowing third party and independent
candidates have access to free TV time, to require politicians to appear
in their own ads and to allow the option of longer, more substantial ads.
The current flurry of well-edited, candidateless, voiced over ads serve
no one in the citizenry but the wealthiest politico. Take this
opportunity to change the status quo. Provide equal access to TV
resources to all candidates.
Jersey City, NJ