MEDIA WATCH: ABC refuses to run a conservative group's ad that reports Rahm made $18 million on Wall Street for 'little or no work' in 'relationship banking'... Ad also notes ber links to Rahm's brother Ari...'Rahm makes money. Rahm's family makes money. Chicago gets screwed!'...

ABC News has taken upon itself to triple "fact check" an ad to run during the next four days about the corruption of Rahm Emanuel. Despite the fact that Rahm cashed in on his government connections to spend three years on Wall Street "earning" $18 million, ABC claims the ad, which was prepared by a conservative group, is "not accurate." ABC rejected the ad, even though the facts are facts.

The ad is running on Fox News and other stations, but not on ABC, which has the largest viewership in Chicago. A link through the Daily Caller can get readers to the ad: The tag line of the ad is: "Rahm makes money. Rahm's family makes money. Chicago gets screwed." It notes that Rahm's Wall Street career was aided and abetted by Rahm's wine club buddy Bruce Rauner, who is now Illinois Governor.

The latest example of major media owners touting for Rahm in the days leading up to April 7 was reported by the Daily Caller, not exactly a progressive site:

he ABC network refuses to air a commercial criticizing Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel even though other networks are running the spot, The Daily Caller has learned.

As Emanuel seeks re-election in the Chicago mayoral run-off next week, the Republican-leaning Real Chicago PAC produced an ad highlighting reported instances of Emanuels corruption and crony capitalism, including his promotion of the transportation company Uber, in which his brother Ari is a major investor.

We sent the commercial to the local Fox affiliate. They vetted it, they checked every single quote and every single headline to make sure it was accurate and they ran it on the night of the [mayoral] debate, Real Chicago PAC chairman Bill Kelly told TheDC. Kelly noted that NBC also approved the ad. But the ad will not appear on ABC 7, Chicagos highest-rated local network. And that decision came down from ABCs national corporate infrastructure.

When Real Chicago PAC representative Laura Grock sent the commercial to ABC, Philadelphia-based Dee Parker of the networks national sales office sent the video to its legal department, based in New York City. Parker then emailed Grock on Wednesday and demanded that the ad be changed.

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ABC took issue with the ads claim that Emanuel made $18 million in three years as an investment banker between 1999 and 2002 for almost no work and that he used the mayoralty to turn brother Ari Emanuels Uber investment into a billion dollars. The ads makers cited multiple press articles to provide what they claim is factual basis for their assertions.

Two of the track lines need to be revised, or this ad cannot air: ABCs Parker wrote in her email to Grock.

1. There is no support for the phrase: for almost no work, Parker wrote.

2. There is no support for the claim, as phrased, that: He used his position to turn his brothers investment in Uber into a billion dollars, Parker added.

If they took out the phrase for almost no work, and rewrote the Uber allegation to take out the causation and the amount claims [to something like: 'He used his position to favor his brothers investment in Uber'], Parker continued, without elaborating further.

Grock refused to change the commercial.

No, we wont change the ad especially not at this date. The Chicago Magazine article substantiates our claim as to the almost no work and the valuation on the Uber stock has been discussed in the media, Grock replied.

In response to ABCs first problem with the ad, Grock cited a Chicago Magazine article detailing Emanuels leisurely relationship with private equity mogul Bruce Rauner and a Chicago Reader article that reported, In that period [1999-2002] Emanuel made about $18 million, putting together deals by tapping connections he made in the White House.

As for ABCs objection to the bit about Uber and Emanuels investor brother? Grock cited a Chicago Sun-Times piece revealing Emanuels brothers stake in Uber and detailing the companys massive expansion in Chicago after Emanuel was elected mayor in 2011.

Reached by TheDC, ABCs Parker confirmed the email exchange but declined to speak on the record.

That commercial should be running on ABC today, Real Chicago PAC chairman Kelly told TheDC. I want them to run that commercial all day until the polls close on Tuesday. Theyre refusing. I think theyre being incredibly unfair and duplicitous.

Emanuel voted early, presumably for himself, Thursday morning. When he showed up to the polling place, he referred to the crowd of reporters surrounding him as my family.

Emanuel leads opponent Jesus Chuy Garcia in Tuesdays run-off.


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