Remember the brouhaha in National Conservative Poticial Action Committee caused when it announced a TV ad campaign against a bunch of big name Democrats? The campaign is fizzling because TV stations don't want to run the ads. Some stations say the catchy ads are inaccurate, a frequent complaint about NCPAC. Others say the 1982 elections are too far away. Still others won't accept ads from anyone except candidates themselves.
The only ads NCPAC has been able to air are those attacking Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D0Md.). The New Right group's ads against House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Jones (D-Okla.) have been turned down by three stations in Tulsa; those against House Majority Leader Jim Wright (D-Tex.) have been turned down by all stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; those against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) have been turned down by three stations serving western Massachusetts, and those against Sen. John Melcher (D-Mont.) have been turned down by two Billings stations.
NCPAC regards this as censorship. "Whether you're a liberal, conservative or moderate, there's something scary about a station having the power to determine what kind of political ads people see," says NCPAC political director Stephen DeAngelo.