Mr. Clinton sidestepped questions about why he recommended a study of spirits ads, but not beer and wine ads, saying only that there was "something to be said for not making matters worse." The FCC chief has had insufficient votes at the commission to mount an investigation. Mr. Hundt said today he wasn't sure what effect the letter will have. "I would hope the letter from the president will sway them [FCC members]," he said. "He is the president, you know."
DISCUS charged President Clinton unfairly singled out spirits advertisers. An FCC review of spirits ads contradicts federal alcohol policy that recognizes "alcohol is alcohol," the group said.
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