RF Special Report: Are iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) “Voter Fraud” Billboards Strategically Placed to Discourage Black Voters?

Kevin Ross - Posted Friday, October 19th, 2012. Category: URBAN
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We here are Radio Facts are INCREDIBLY interested in knowing how urban radio outlets at iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media are covering the Election. Are they allowed to support Obama? Please let us Know

 />The Billboards are funded by an anonymous organization according to iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel). CCM refuses to remove the intimidating Billboards in the 11th hour before the election. Bain Capitol owns iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) and is also the company founded by presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney. The billboards are strategically placed in black and Latino neighborhoods in Ohio and other cities where Romney is behind. Will Radio One step up to the plate and balance this out? How will  <strong>Steve Harvey</strong> cover the election considering his show is with <strong>Premiere Radio  </strong>a division of iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel).   Below is the letter Radio Facts received concerning the offensive Billboards. Several sites like <a href=Gawker attack the promotion as a way to discourage black and latino voters.
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It’s one of the nastiest voter suppression schemes we’ve seen: this week, in Black and Latino neighborhoods in Ohio and Wisconsin, an anonymous group started running outrageous billboards which try to scare people away from voting.

Allowing an anonymous advertiser to create an atmosphere of fear around voting just as the early voting period begins is unacceptable. iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) has rejected billboard ads many times in the past.  Please join us in demanding that iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) immediately take down these offensive and dangerous billboards.

Dear iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) CEOs Bob Pittman and William Eccleshare,

I am writing to demand that you take down the billboards that have cropped up in Black and Latino neighborhoods in recent weeks and that employ tactics meant to scare people away from voting. While you may not have crafted the message, your company is in fact the messenger.

These billboards, which read “Voter Fraud is a Felony,” are clearly designed to intimidate voters of color and keep those communities away from the polls. That these billboards did not appear in white or suburban neighborhoods is proof of their discriminatory nature.

Allowing an anonymous advertiser to create an atmosphere of fear around voting just as the early voting period begins is unacceptable. I ask that you remove these billboards at once. I know that in the past, you have rejected billboard ads when leadership in your company deemed the content to be politically charged. This campaign of misinformation fits that criteria and is a dangerous disservice to the Black and Latino communities in which they are placed.

Please remove these billboards immediately.”  

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