iOS app Android app

Negative Campaigning


Debra Jane Campbell | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Debra Jane Campbell

As a professor of logic, I am deeply troubled by the lack of argument surrounding the issues of this campaign and the continual use of the ad hominem fallacy.

A Citizen's Letter to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Terry Newell | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

After a long and contentious process, you have won the nomination. Yet during that same process, Americans have lost. You need to know that. This l...

THE WILDCATTERS: Magic Bullets and the Teflon Don: Why Negative Campaign Ads Have Not Hurt Donald Trump in the Republican Nomination (But May in November)

Kirby Goidel | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

One of the reasons many observers doubted the ability of Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination was the inevitable onslaught of negative advertising he would have to endure. Politically, Trump is an unlikely Republican nominee.

GOP Heads To South Carolina, Where The Dirty Tricks Are About To Start

Politico | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

In the run-up to their big presidential campaign moments, the big media players in Iowa and New Hampshire gave voters a useful online feature, an inte...

How to Go Negative and Stay Positive

Alan Kelly | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

Corporations, currently neutered by happy-talk policies and love-me-babe consultants, would be wise to study their options. Competing through communication is not a choice between doing nothing (a Pass) and criticizing an opponent (a Call Out).

Chasing the Dragon: Why the GOP Is Addicted to Negative Campaigning

Peter Paskale | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

There's nothing as politically intoxicating as a wildly baying crowd, and social media turned the dragon into a self-enforcing cycle. Negative politics are now instantly rewarded by the re-tweeting adulation of the base.

Going Negative

Chris Kelly | Posted 02.11.2014 | Comedy
Chris Kelly

I'm going negative. I didn't want to do it -- no one ever wants to do it -- but it has to be done. I owe it to myself, my supporters and to America. Plus going negative works. Republicans and Democrats spent $6 billion on the 2012 elections, and almost all of it was negative.

Political Campaigns and Google AdWords Ethics

Craig Agranoff | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology
Craig Agranoff

The way AdWords is used isn't always ethical. The good news is that it's cheaper for a campaign to use AdWords in an ethical manner than it is for negative campaigns to try to destroy opponents with it.

'Going Negative': Joseph Rallies His Base In Genesis 37:1-40:23

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

A lesson of the dramatic first episode in the Joseph saga is that negative campaigning, which fuels partisanship at the expense of discovering truth, has dangerous consequences.

Speak of the Rival: Opponent References in the Republican Primary Debates

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Can the number of times a candidate is mentioned affect their prospects, or is it the other way around? We sought to examine some of these questions by studying opponent references in the 2012 Republican primary debates.

Romney's Cowardice Responsible for Electoral Struggles

Brian Jencunas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

This pattern of capitulation to extremism may have been necessary for Romney to capture the Republican nomination, but it has left him immeasurably weakened in the general election.

Going Negative (or Postive): Sentiment Analysis on the 2012 Republican Primary Transcripts

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Disclaimers aside, let's see what emerges when we analyze the Republican primary debate text using a very simple automated sentiment analysis technique.

Last Week Push: 'Local Voices' Speak Positive Messages For Obama Campaign

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Positive advertising? Hard to find at this stage of the game, yet most people express a longing for messages that speak to the issues that resonate for them, in words and tones that strike a chord without the vitriol that too often clouds the conversation. Turns out a group called Local Voices is providing just those kinds of messages.

Mitt Romney's Insurmountable Problem

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Republicans now want Mitt Romney to finally talk tough? Seriously? Since 2008, Republicans have not stopped spinning themselves into a whirling dervish of manic hatred.

Compassion In Politics

Sean Meshorer | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

Compassion for others is not only the hallmark of person mental and spiritual health, but also necessary for a positive, thriving society.

Truthiness: Politics Favorite Bloodsport

Steve Young | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Steve Young

How many degrees of separation must there be between a quote and its context before it becomes a lie?

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

Curiosity Rover Discovers Super PACs on Mars

Spencer Green | Posted 10.10.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

NASA scientists are still trying to determine by exactly how much Martian super PACs pre-date those on Earth and whether or not their contributions to political speech have been helpful or hurtful.

'You Didn't Build That.'

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz


The Swissboating of Mitt Romney

Keith Boykin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Keith Boykin

After all the Republicans have done to coarsen the political rhetoric, they have little or no credibility to complain about negative campaign attacks now. The Republican attack machine has come back to haunt itself.

Political Attacks Cross The Line

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

Negative advertising and smear campaigning have been staples of American politics for nearly two centuries. Some historians trace the roots of the pra...

How Negative Political Attacks Are Saving Democracy

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Turnout in the Wisconsin recall was 56 percent, more than the regularly scheduled 2010 elections. But don't expect the myth that negative campaigns suppress voters to die in Wisconsin. This false notion is one of the most widely held misconceptions about American politics.

How Negative Political Campaigning Is Crippling America

Todd Phillips | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Negative campaigning prevents many good candidates from entering politics and leaves us with candidates who are comfortable with conflict. Government becomes populated with people who are primed for conflict, which causes deadlocks and paralysis.

Lugar's Loss: America's Wake-Up Call

Paul Helmke | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in the Indiana Republican primary last week raises a number of troubling issues about the current state of politics and the future of governance in our country.

Campaign Negativity Is Nothing New

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While they may have a point about the magnitude of cash flowing into negative ads this time around, and while they may indeed have a point about the insidiousness of corporate money in American political campaigns, the nastiness itself is really nothing new.