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. From Calitics.
See the great videos on www.yeson89.org Including an ad that ran during the Leno show.