I wouldn’t normally call Bob Ehrlich silent given his frequent television and radio appearances, but it’s been 5 days since Ehrlich was asked about his possible violation of the FCC’s “Payola Rules” and the public still hasn’t received a straight answer.
However, he did have time to go on his talk radio show on Saturday morning and hurl “snowballs” while the rest of us dealt with “Snowmageddon.” You’d think that his radio show would be the perfect opportunity to clear the air.
When initially questioned about the complaint, Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell said that our “allegations didn’t deserve the dignity of a response,” but later admitted he didn’t know whether they had disclosed that Ehrlich had a financial stake before pushing his client’s position.
The bottom line is that Ehrlich needs to answer whether he put his firm’s financial gain ahead of the public trust. If he didn’t violate FCC rules, he needs to tell us that. If he did violate FCC rules, he needs to own up to it.
What is he hiding?
What does he know that he is refusing to share with the people of Maryland?
Are there other instances where he promoted clients over the airwaves without properly disclosing the relationship?
The public deserves to know.