FACT CHECK — Lingle: My Channel Is First of its Kind in U.S. History

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

U.S. senate candidate Linda Lingle last week launched her own cable cannel on Oceanic Time Warner, calling the move unprecedented in U.S. history.

"[D]igital cable channel 110 displayed as 'LL2012' in the channel guide, will mark the first time in U.S. campaign history that a political candidate will utilize a dedicated cable channel to interact with voters," the press release reported. The former Hawaii governor is hoping to replace retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka.

The news got picked up by national media, even inspiring an entertaining riff on The Colbert Report.

But is her channel really the first of its kind?

First, we got in touch with Lenny Klompus, a Lingle campaign spokesman, to see how the campaign came up with the claim.

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