Sunday, September 28, 2014

Political Ads Today

Starting with the infamous Willie Horton ad political operative Lee Atwater used to help George Bush comeback to win the Presidency from George Dukakis, political advertising campaigns have disavowed any dedication to accuracy or truth. While democrats are certainly involved in their own rhetorical strategies to convince voters, it is the GOP that has stretched the truth to the point where it is hard to tell the difference between it and pure fiction. Among the worst perpetrators of this misinformation campaign (or creating “necessary illusions,” as Noam Chomsky would put it) is Karl Rove and his acolytes. In recent weeks, he has again reversed the politicians position of his opponents, used inaccurate statistics to attack them and simply misrepresented the truth (see here, here, here and here). Some political cartoons deconstructing political ads …

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