KSTP’s Tom Hauser gave a pro-Tom Emmer ad the “Truth Test” on Wednesday night’s newscast. But the station failed to mention that the ad was created and distributed by MN Forward, a group whose donations include $100,000 from KSTP’s parent company, Hubbard Broadcasting.
Hauser gave the ad a “B+,” the highest rating that Hauser has given to a gubernatorial ad so far this campaign season.
Hauser noted that the ad was mostly opinion, and added that it neglected to mention that Emmer only got a 64 percent rating from the Taxpayers League in 2005 and 92 percent in 2006, but touts 100 percent ratings in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
KSTP ran into some controversy earlier this week when it did a segment on the ad without mentioning that Hubbard was involved in paying for it.
The station did mention its relationship to the ad following Hauser’s segment.