Target of cabler gets equal time

A Kansas congressman who has been the subject of negative editorials by a cable TV company will be given equal time to respond to the attacks.

Lawyers for Multimedia Cablevision of Wichita and Democrat Dan Glickman yesterday reached a truce in their high-profile squabble, which began when the cabler began editorializing 100 times a day against Glickman’s re-election just days after Glickman voted to reregulate the cable industry.

Glickman petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for the right to respond to the Multimedia editorials. Yesterday, after the FCC insisted that the two sides negotiate a settlement, Multimedia agreed to allow Glickman to carry 100 free 30-second response ads of his own each day through election day. Multimedia has also stopped running its anti-Glickman blurbs.

Glickman aide Kay Coles called the settlement very reasonable. Glickman agreed to drop his FCC complaint against Multimedia. However, Coles said the lawmaker is continuing to press a complaint filed against Multimedia at the Federal Election Commission. Glickman claims that Multimedia’s ads constituted an illegal corporate campaign contribution made to his political opponent.

Glickman, who is regarded as a friend of Hollywood in Congress, serves on the House Judiciary Committee. He is considered a slight favorite in his re-election bid.

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