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DNC: Cheney "Wrong" Then, "Wrong" Now On CIA Torture (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Controversy surrounding interrogation techniques used by the CIA on terror suspects under the Bush administration has been astir since President Obama...

Arthur Delaney

MoveOn TV Ad Targets Health Insurance Industry (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new ad by the folks at targets the health insurance industry. Timed to coincide with the annual conference of America's Health Insurance ...

Jason Linkins

Ad Promoting Employee Free Choice Act Directed At Journos | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The pro-labor organization American Rights at Work announced today that they will be launching an advertising campaign to promote the Employee Free Ch...

Follow-Ups to Barack Obama's "Dignity" Ad

Jake Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Goldman

Obama: [holding hands with a Rabbi while lighting a menorah and wearing a shirt that says "Won't Jew vote for me?"] I am a real mensch. And I'm not Muslim.

$2.6 Billion Spent On Political Ads In 2008

New York Times | Katharine Seelye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Total spending on political advertising this year by candidates and interest groups reached at least $2.6 billion, the highest amount ever in a presid...

Small And Apart

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Last week we were talking about ants, people and the small traditions that sustain us day to day. Well, a few meters from my house I found this bil...

Campaign Ad or Ad Campagin?

Aemilia Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aemilia Scott

To keep us from making some unhealthy choices in the future, presidential campaigns need to be read with the eye of the consumer.

Finally Seeing Clearly

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Papantonio

I was advised to take a break from political clutter and that peculiar kind of tunnel vision that develops when we focus too closely on any tiny part of the huge world around us.

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

Top 60 Memorable Campaign Ads Of 2008 | Nico Pitney and Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is tradition in every campaign for each side to denounce the other as having run the sleaziest race in modern political history. And certainly it s...

Sam Stein

The Most Influential Voices In The Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Next to the candidate, the candidate's families and their surrogates, these individuals may have the most influential voices in this presidential camp...

The Word on the Street

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Rank-and-file teamsters get it. They aren't willing to be swayed by false, irrelevant arguments. They want change. They want ideas. And the fact is -- McCain doesn't have any.

The Ads Obama Should Run Against McCain and Palin

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

These are two ads we put together at The Young Turks that we think Obama should run against McCain and Palin. So, we will be running them free of charge.

Out of Line: Beware of Ad

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mort Gerberg


Sam Stein

Injured Iraq Vet Stars In Udall Senate Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tom Udall, the Democratic running for the open U.S Senate seat in New Mexico, released an ad on Thursday that may be remembered as the most poignant a...

Latest McCain And Obama Ads Play On Fear In Time Of Crisis: Out Of Touch Versus Unprepared

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

In their new ads, Obama portrays McCain as clueless on the troubled economy, while McCain attempts to scare voters and convince them Obama cannot be trusted on national security.

Propaganda 101: How to Decode Political Ads

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

The aim of advertisers is not just to have us dream but to put us in a dream of their own design. In so doing, they tell us who we are -- which is to say, who they need us to be.

The Thought of 'President Sarah Palin' Scares the Crap out of Me

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

When you think of a President Sarah Palin, the importance of McCain's health tilts off the chart. If McCain was a happier warrior, maybe this wouldn't even be an issue. But he's not, so it is.

New McCain Ad Repeats Discredited "Celeb" Claim That Obama Will Raise Taxes On Electricity

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Dorner

After releasing an ad earlier this week that contained debunked lies about offshore drilling and gas prices, John McCain unveiled a new ad today, "Dom...

McCain's Dirtiest Ads (VIDEO)

BuzzFeed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A collection of McCain's nastiest attack ads. When even Karl Rove is calling out your ads for being over the top lies, you know things have turned ug...

Op-Ed Writer Tells Apple: Leave Me Alone! (But Thanks)

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Klein

Before long, you realize you've read hundreds more words amplifying Apple's message, squeezing whole minutes more out of the traditional 30-second spot.

Political Ads, Like Toothpaste, Should Be Fact-Checked

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah O'Leary

For reasons unbeknownst to this marketer of 22 years, the network censors, the FCC and Congressional oversight committees most often turn a blind eye when it comes to a political ad's actual factual content. The decision to air is left to the individual broadcasters, who make tens of millions of dollars each presidential election campaign cycle from advertising revenues.

Obama, Don't Call McCain a Maverick Five Times in Your Ad!

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

You can't debunk a myth by verbally repeating it. This is basic stuff, so it is surprising that neither Obama nor his team understand it.

G O P is not G O D

Buddy Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Buddy Winston


It's 'Morning Again' -- in the 2008 Election

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Why is it that a Republican campaign filled with blunders, chaos, gimmicks, an out-of-touch candidate, scandals, and lies succeeds? The answer just might be found in a political ad -- from 1984.

Sam Stein

McCain Palin Ad Defends Pick By Ripping Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The McCain campaign has launched, in the form of a new political advertisement, the most explicit defense yet of its choice of Sarah Palin's for vice ...