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Politicial ads often aren't what they seemPosted Monday, October 25, 2010, at 9:52 AM
As creepy as a haunted house and as irritating as screams in the night...they're political attack ads, and they're everywhere on your TV.
And most contain stretched truths or outright lies.
"There is absolutely no consumer protection whatsoever when it comes to political ads," Brooks Jackson, founder of FactCheck.org, told Bill Krueger of Poynter Online, a journalism-oriented website. "They have the legal right to lie to you."
Good food for thought. And we're supposed to trust these politicians, even if they (or, in behalf of them with "non-approved" messages, their parties) mislead or deceive us?
Read Krueger's blog on interpreting campaign ads here.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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