Hubbard Broadcasting's decision to pull anti-Stewart Mills attack ad sparks controversy

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In a speech, Mills said the notion the wealthy don't pay their fair share in taxes "is offensive for anybody who operates a business or employs people" -- i.e., him.
An attack ad supported by the House Majority PAC (HMP) portrays Republican Eighth District congressional candidate Stewart Mills as a rich dude who is "personally offended" by the notion that 1 percenters should pay substantially more in taxes than everyday folks.

But the Mills campaign says the ad takes Stewart's words out of context to make them sound worse than they really were, and late last month they issued a press release calling upon TV stations to stop airing the spot.

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First, here's the ad, which makes this core claim: Mills believes "the idea that the wealthy aren't paying their fair share is... personally offensive."



A fact check published on the Mills campaign's website claims HMP "manipulated the timing of Stewart's words and strung together multiple clips to distort his words and take his positions out of context. In fact, they took 3 separate sentences and played them off as one statement."

One media outlet bought that argument and decided to stop running the commercial -- Hubbard Broadcasting, which owns KSTP in the Twin Cities and WDIO in Duluth.

But adding intrigue to the situation is the fact that the Hubbard family has given gobs of money to Mills, the Mills Fleet Farm vice president who is running to oust Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan from Congress.

The National Journal reports that Hubbard Broadcasting's owner, Stanley Hubbard, donated the maximum of $5,200 to Mills's campaign. Two other Hubbard family members who work for the broadcasting company kicked in $6,200 combined.

The Hubbards' support of Mills, combined with the decision to pull the ad from KSTP and WDIO, prompted HMP to hit back.

"When Hubbard told the Koch brothers, 'You can count on me,' it is now clear what he meant -- he will pull the strings necessary to see ultraconservative out-of-touch candidates like Stewart Mills protected on the air," HMP and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (the other organization paying to run the ad) said in a joint statement.

HMP claims Mills's quotes were only edited because of time considerations, not for the sake of twisting his words.

Ray Mirabella, director of sales for the Hubbards' operation in the Twin Cities, told the National Review that Stanley Hubbard played no role in the decision to stop running the ad.

The process in this case was "identical to any process we go through for any advertising," Mirabella added.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that other TV stations continue to run the anti-Mills attack ad. The Star Tribune reports that HMP and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees have spent $675,000 to run the spot since July 22.

But the question remains: Is the ad actually misleading?

(For more, click to page two.)



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jasonmalley
jasonmalley

Where's my silver spoon? That's personally offensive; thanks for the 600k/yr job daddy!


Bert Schlauch
Bert Schlauch

To my recollection, KSTP showed the ad saying Obama pals with terrorists. How accurate was that?

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

For a second there I thought he was wearing a prison jump suit. Or is that what the wear in preppy prison?

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

I'm really on the fence here. My issue is that if they ban just THIS attack ad, I'm not sure I'm okay with that kind of censorship. On the other hand the broadcaster has total control over what they wanna broadcast..........and manipulating people's words is pretty shitty. Im for a ban of all political ads, though. And a ban on politicians.

Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell

It is clear that the owners of the station have put their greasy thumbs on the scale and are cheating Minnesotans

Lauren Clauer
Lauren Clauer

Shayne get a clue no it isn't- read between the lines hater-

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Ummm Ryan, they're building cars in other parts of the country. Why would they leave the democratic stronghold of Detroit? Why are gun manufactures moving out of democrat ran states? Pull your head out, buddy.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

You're a special kind of stupid, aren't you. The ad is pulled because his words are being manipulated by sound bites. Please stop voting until you educate yourself.

Arkadi
Arkadi

My opinions typically fall pretty far to the left, but...I feel like pretty much everybody involved in this story is wrong.

Robert Eveland
Robert Eveland

The Kansas economy is based on agriculture, agriculture, and agriculture. When foreign grain producers started dumping hundreds of millions of tons of cheap, government subsidized grain on the world market, THAT was what cratered the Kansas economy. Kansas politicians saw it coming and lowered the state income tax in an attempt to attract venture capitalists -- to build something besides agriculture in Kansas that would improve the economy. Blaming these economic problems on the tax cut is like blaming Bush for Clinton's impeachment.

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

I don't know if the ads should have been cut, but this man desperately needs a haircut.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Their economy has always been horrible. How's Detroit working out for the "D's"?

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

So you're saying he's no different than most politicians?

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Typical lies from the left, be truthful and you lose every time.

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

Anyone who doesn't realize that the media has it's own agenda in politics is a moron. There is no such thing as unbiased media here, thus why I watch BBC, Al Jazeera, and read El Mundo, etc. What I find quite hilarious is that the HMP paid 600k for the ad, and consists of municipal, state, and federal workers. So you are now going to fund political advertisements to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you are overpaid bureaucrats that constantly complain they don't get enough money to begin with. Pot and kettle there HMP. Oh and I'm not a fan of fleet farm. Bunch of redneck hillbillies.

Ben Sobieski
Ben Sobieski

Kato Kaelin owns Fleet Farm? He has my vote because of their House Brand candy aisle.

Lauren Clauer
Lauren Clauer

Censoring ads because they don't agree with your political viewpoints- typical republican

Gary Wisner
Gary Wisner

I have noticed KSTP leaning hard to the right lately...

Todd Blowers
Todd Blowers

He is a douche bag. Drunken idiot trying to make more money.

John Russell
John Russell

Any manipulation of the opponents speech or words should be banned from campaign advertising regardless of who does it or who it's against. I don't like this guy, but HMP ruins their own credibility by editing the tape in the commercial.

Ryan M. Hansen
Ryan M. Hansen

Mills, "trickle down" idea just doesn't work. Take a look at Kansas right now. The GOP has completely destroyed their economy in just 2 years by massively cutting income taxes on the rich.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

ALL attack ads should be pulled. I loathe election season because of all the "he said this/she said that" BS that inundates our local airwaves. I wanna know, from the candidates, what the candidate stands for. Tell me where YOU stand on the issues, and what YOU plan to do to fix the problems YOU see as requiring adjustment. And the third-party ads are a joke, and serve NO purpose but to confuse voters - and being that almost all of them are paid for under the table by the candidates or parties they support, they are complete bunk. Maybe a fine journalistic imprint such as City Pages should set the bar this election cycle, and publish the voting records of ALL candidates running in MN races this year.

Michelle Zachary McKinney
Michelle Zachary McKinney

He sounds like a total douche of a human being. But that ad is very silly. I'm not ignorant enough to be swayed by sound bite ads be either the left or right.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

KSTP is a GOP biased station and the Hubbards are GOP.

Michael Roach
Michael Roach

Yes it should have but then Hubbard broadcasting has always been right leaning

Katie Hole
Katie Hole

It's still on other channels, just not KSTP.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

The only reason this guy wants to be elected is to increase his families fortune and increase the reach of his HICK business

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Stanley Hubbard is an old stupid creep.   How do you own a media company yet not realize that by playing favorites and banning an ad he is going to make sure this is the most seen ad in Minnesota?    



Remember folks, only cowardly servile worms vote for Republicans.  Stanley Hubbard is helping out his rich buddy Stewart Mills because Stewart Mills will do everything he can to help out rich assholes like Stanley Hubbard when elected.  Stanley Hubbard wants a country that is run for the benefit of rich people.  Stewart Mills is nothing but a pawn of the rich. 

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Actually the broadcasters are using public airwaves for their business. They owe the public honesty in their broadcasting in return. His words weren't twisted, they were straight out of his mouth. They were edited due to time concerns but if you watch the full statement he says exactly what that ad says he does

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Got it. Ok.


The state GOP had a plan. The plan was a poor one and made things worse...which I presume someone pointed out at the time. And so, the culpability for the failure lies with... with... with... whom exactly?


It must chap some hide that presented with a similar situation (though not identical...we're not Kansas) one of the few inspired things Tim Pawlenty did here was spend a boatload of big-government-type money on higher ed and a research school in a heavily GOP part of the state that's improved because of that investment (that and the cigarette taaaaaccess fee). The hide-chapping of course stemming from the knowledge that the higher eded an area gets the bluer it becomes...he likely sealed some fates in 10 years. They're coming for you Dave Senjem...

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

One thing about you Right Wingers, there's always an excuse for your failures. No matter how far fetched.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@ElliotPark Heading over to the Brainerd Nationals, and then me and Mitt are going to wing on down to Minneapolis and jam with Jeremy Messersmith!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Stewart Mills would never run an ad where he admits he is a schill for the rich and that non rich people should be ashamed of asking him to pay more in taxes.  Instead he would pretend to be a regular guy to trick idiots into thinking he is a regular guy.   Attack ads are important to bring out the truth of a candidate.   It's up to smart voters to figure out what is a truth attack ad like this ad or what is a dishonest attack ad.  

uncommondreams2002
uncommondreams2002

@MicheleBachmann  @digitalprotocol did either one of you even bother to read the link? If unions are the enemies of the rich and stupid, then they're enemies of their own union leaders. And if a guy is getting $300K a year from two pensions, AND collecting commissions as an investment broker for the state teachers' retirement fund (a multi-billion-dollar investment fund), he's most definitely in the 1%. 

uncommondreams2002
uncommondreams2002

@MicheleBachmann  @digitalprotocol did either one of you even bother to read the link? If unions are the enemies of the rich and stupid, then they're enemies of their own union leaders. And if a guy is getting $300K a year from two pensions, AND collecting commissions as an investment broker for the state teachers' retirement fund (a multi-billion-dollar investment fund), he's most definitely in the 1%. 

deanhinnen
deanhinnen

@MicheleBachmann  Remember folks, only cowardly servile worms vote for the DFL. The DFL is a tool of the union bosses, who pretend that they're regular guys who are looking out for working people. The union bosses are looking out for themselves The union bosses are in it for the money. They get two pensions when they retire and each one is three times as big as any rank and file union member would get. The person who posted just above me is a tool of the union bosses, who are charter members of the 1% he complains about. Union bosses are the very same rich assholes that Occupy is whining about. But you vote DFL. Lenin mentioned useful idiots.


http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/14/the-political-culture-that-spawned-barack-obama/2/


Yes indeed. Union leaders get two pensions. Each one of them is three times as big as the pension of a rank and file union member. Union bosses want a country that is run for the benefit of the union bosses. And if you vote for DFL you are a pawn of the union bosses, helping them rob the pension funds.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@deanhinnen uhhh this is 2014 - unions are dead


union bosses are not and have never been the 1%


you are a misguided HICK with some antiquated ideas 

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