The Orange County Register abruptly altered its advertising policy, barring ads that challenge politicians by name, after two Anaheim city councilwomen complained to the newspaper’s new owners about ads from a local activist that criticized their support of a controversial hotel subsidy, according to the Voice of OC.
The Voice of OC reported that “The ads came from Jason Young, a City Hall blogger who opposes the council majority, which is heavily backed by Disney and other influential local business interests. In December, the Register ran an ad submitted by Young in its Anaheim weekly publications asserting that Councilwomen Kris Murray and Gail Eastman violated state law when they approved a $158-million subsidy for local hoteliers.”
The OC Register’s new publisher, Aaron Kushner, says he won’t run negative political ads. The ad in question is factually correct by the way as a Judge found that the Anaheim City Council violated the Brown Act when they voted to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize the construction of two new hotels at the Anaheim GardenWalk.
Kushner, Murray and Eastman should be ashamed of themselves! But even though the ad won’t run on the OC Register this story is going to break big and embarrass the lot of them…