WASHINGTON—An investigation by Accuracy in Media (AIM) reveals that the Democratic media company behind the controversial NARAL ad attacking Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts includes a media guru who handled the three biggest Senate Democratic wins in 2002 ? Mark Pryor, Tim Johnson, and Mary Landrieu. The ad, running on CNN despite charges that it is false and deceitful, accuses Roberts of supporting anti-abortion terrorism.
“Judge Roberts is the latest victim of a liberal media attack machine that has a proven track record of destroying its political enemies,” said AIM editor Cliff Kincaid. “CNN has become a willing accomplice in the politics of personal destruction and is poisoning the public debate. It’s no wonder that the chief counsel of the Republican National Committee has asked that the ad be pulled.”
AIM has also revealed that CNN has a conflict of interest in running the ad because NARAL has been funded by CNN founder Ted Turner, a current board member of CNN parent company Time Warner.
NARAL’s media company, Struble Eichenbaum Communications, boasts that “Our record defeating Republican incumbents is unmatched,” and has deep connections to prominent liberal Democratic Senators, including Patty Murray, who says, “?they’ll help you win.”
One of the firm’s founders, Karl Struble, began his career as a Democratic Party operative for Jimmy Carter and was a media consultant to Tom Daschle, who lost his Senate re-election race last year. Struble, who is said to emphasize feelings over issues in his political commercials, has referred to George W. Bush as “the president of the big oil companies” and Dick Cheney as “the Vice President from Halliburton.”
Struble Eichenbaum Communications prepared the NARAL ad but NARAL takes full responsibility for writing it.
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.