Iowa Won't Air Sharpton 'SNL'
Associated Press - 12/5/03
DES MOINES, Iowa - Democratic
presidential candidate Al Sharpton will host this weekend's broadcast
of "Saturday Night Live," but viewers in Iowa won't
All four NBC television affiliates
in the state announced they won't carry the show because Sharpton
is one of nine candidates seeking the Democratic nomination.
The selection process begins with the Iowa caucuses Jan. 19.
Tim Gardner, director of creative
services at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, said station lawyers
decided that airing the 90-minute show would trigger federal
"equal time" provisions - meaning the stations would
have to offer an equal amount of air time to each of the other
WHO and two other stations instead
will air a previous episode of the 90-minute show. KWWL viewers
in the Waterloo, Iowa, area will get to watch three infomercials
pitching the Miracle Blade, Total Trolley and something titled
Sharpton campaign manager Charles
Halloran was puzzled by the decision.
"Their lawyers must not
have finished law school because NBC went through all sorts of
research to make sure that it was appropriate," Halloran