As pundits and partisans alike are tallying the winners and losers of this year's contests, they should not forget to consider that the real winners were the campaign media consultants and the owners of local television stations, both of whom pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenues.
As the Koch brothers and their ultra-wealthy cronies think they've figured out, a little chicken manure goes a long way when it comes to misleading voters into supporting the GOP.
Those of us in higher education often say that liberal learning includes the preparation for citizenship. It's great to see an example of that preparation grounded in the collaborative work of faculty and students.
Now is our chance to argue for government -- one that is well-funded and run by people who believe in the critical role it can and must play. Look around, do you see a corporation stepping in to solve the Ebola crisis?
The Supreme Court didn't directly tell me I'm not allowed to contribute to political candidates. Instead, they've just made it fairly meaningless for me to bother.
Sadly, too many people seem to think campaign ads are news. They fail to recognize the rhetoric, or in some cases the outright lies. In this case, it is easy to spot the slanted and unsubstantiated ideological claim.
Is the media's excessive interest in personal scandal really at the root of the superficiality and viciousness of today's politics? I'm not convinced. Yes, tabloid-style coverage is a problem, but I see much bigger factors at play
The bottom line is that in a health care system as complicated as ours, problems have multiple causes. And a single law can't solve every problem. With these ads, it's best to remember that they aren't really trying to educate the listener or viewer. Rather, they are using selective arguments and trying to score political points.
I am tired of politicians, be they candidates or elected officials, who spend our time and money telling us what they are against. Typical campaign a...
We've come to use the word "sexy" to describe politics. Sex sells, and in order to compete with everything else screaming for attention, politics must also be sold.
Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.
There is no shortage of personal stories like this out there. The Democrats should be actively seeking such stories and presenting them to the public. Vetting the stories will be important, to avoid the egg-on-face nature of many of the anti-Obamacare ads, but this shouldn't be all that hard to accomplish.
Politicians manipulate deep prejudice to rouse hostility against minorities and the government, according to Haney López, and summon support for policies that make economic inequality even worse.
What do Cadillac-driving "welfare queens," a "food stamp president" and the "lazy, dependent and entitled" 47 percent tell us about post-racial America?
So how in the world is it possible that JohnnyOptimist was able to predict this? Did he have or get inside info? Is he truly a psychic? The answer is none of the above.
The torrent of unidentifiable, but generously funded spending on our elections unleashed by Citizens United decision is destined to grow in 2014 and beyond.