Ad Watch: Robocall warns about porn in Pima County libraries

Pima County District 3 Board of Supervisors
2008-10-24T00:00:00Z Ad Watch: Robocall warns about porn in Pima County librariesBy Erica Meltzer Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 24, 2008 12:00 am  • 

AD WATCH

The Star’s ongoing evaluation of the record vs. the rhetoric in campaign ads

The ad: an automated message for supervisor candidate Barney Brenner

The race: Pima County District 3 Board of Supervisors, where Brenner is trying to unseat three-term incumbent Sharon Bronson

The medium: robocall

The message: The call features Republican Supervisor Ray Carroll reading a message about Bronson.

“This is county Supervisor Ray Carroll with a call about protecting our kids. Our libraries have become places where adult men watch X-rated video pornography with our kids nearby. We need to put an end to this,” Carroll says.

“Supervisor Sharon Bronson voted to let it continue instead of siding with us and our kids. Bronson is out of touch with our families. Please vote for Barney Brenner, a man who will work to protect our kids.”

The intent: Make it appear that Bronson doesn’t want to protect children from pornography.

Fact check:

Adults using public library computers to access on-line pornography became an issue in spring 2006 when a television news crew used hidden cameras to tape men viewing pornography in public libraries.

At the time, library policy was that computers in children’s sections were filtered, but adults could choose whether to filter their Internet use.

Carroll pushed strongly for all Internet use to be filtered. The other supervisors said they were concerned about balancing First Amendment rights with protecting children.

The Child Internet Protection Act says libraries that accept discounted rates for their Internet access — as the Pima County Public Library does — must filter Internet access to block obscenity and child pornography.

The Supreme Court upheld the law, provided adults can get access to any material that is not illegal.

In July 2006, Bronson joined the two other Democratic supervisors in voting to install privacy screens around library computers so that passers-by would be less likely to see what another user had up on his screen and refer the issue to a committee.

That committee recommended all computer sessions start off with filtered Internet access. A user can choose to disable the filter after reading a statement that displaying harmful material in the presence of minors is a crime in Arizona.

In February 2007, Bronson voted, again with the majority, to adopt the recommendation.

Brenner agrees with Carroll’s position, that all Internet use in public libraries should be filtered.

Sources: Arizona Daily Star, minutes of Board of Supervisor meetings

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