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 @ 6:35pm

    It's all just smoke and mirrors. The political parties are REALLY just institutions to give people the illusion their viewpoints are being supported. No matter who wins elections, the same things will happen. Had Gore won, we would still be in Iraq. Had the Democrats taken back Congress we would still be in Iraq...oh wait...they did and we are. Everyone gets worked up about conservatives vs. liberals, democrats vs. republicans...it's a farce. The same people pull the strings on both sides and they are not voted on. Special interest groups, corporate lobbiests...these are the ones who really call the shots.

    But go out and vote. It will make you feel like you did your civic duty and you can be complacent for another four to eight years.

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