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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  1. identicon
    Dirk Sorensby, 10 Dec 2008 @ 1:49am

    anonymous coward

    is going to get killed or at least taken to court for slander - for making up out of the blue that I am a sex offender. You so perfectly illustraite what I was saying and what is so wrong and dangerous about you fucking liberal pig trash. Just as you have done above, it doesn't matter if it is true or not, right? You pigs just want to win your pionts and your power - because you have no soul.

    You are a pig to not care more about truth.

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