Political Mudslinging Reaches New Lows: Using Anonymous Blog Comments In Attack Ads

from the well,-that's-just-too-easy dept

I almost hate to post this, because anything that touches on politics tends to dissolve into pointless name calling in the comments, but it is interesting (if sleazy) to find out that political campaign attack ads are now using anonymously posted blog comments to smear opponents. The ad in question has a voice-over announcing "what others are saying..." about the candidates opponent, and then shows some really negative comments that were placed anonymously on a blog post. Yes, this seems incredibly low. In fact, if campaigns are going to do that, they could simply post whatever kind of comment they wanted to any random prominent blog (as long as it has open comments) and then use that quote in their campaign ad. Yet, because it's now on a blog somewhere, they can pretend it's legitimately "sourced." So this is what they meant when people predicted that blogs would revolutionize politics?

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Sep 2007 @ 9:05pm

    To those who agree that our government is run by lobbiests and special interests, let me plead to you that we all get together and elect someone who isn't controlled by them, even if they don't look like they have a chance. If everyone that told me "I'd like to vote for him but that would be throwing my vote away" actually voted for the under dog we might actually elect someone we like. From the research I've done, granted I'm not finished(we have sometime left), Dennis Kucinich seems like a guy we could trust, I mean he even stood up to the mofia back when he was a governor and said I promised the people this is what I was going to do before they elected me so I'm going to do it.

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