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Fact-Free Campaign Ad?

Pricey campaign ads often use moving images, dramatic music, and value-laden but vague words. The people at FactCheck.org put together some tips on how to spot fact-free advertising— ads that convey a positive image of the candidate without relaying specifics. The article offers this advice:

  • Be critical. When a candidate calls for a strong economy, ask yourself which candidate is calling for a weak economy.
  • Don't fill in the blanks. Your ideas about strength and patriotism may not match the candidate's.
  • Dig deeper. Avoid making judgments based on attractive language that could mean anything.

Check out the site for more tips on how to use your heart and your head this election. Have you seen any really fact-free ads this season? Who do you think is the biggest perpetrator of fluffy or misleading campaign ads?

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Jinx Jinx 8 years
I find this true of all advertising campaigns.Ever *really* listen to all ads on television, they are insulting and stupid.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I find this true of all advertising campaigns. Ever *really* listen to all ads on television, they are insulting and stupid.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Clairnet, Ron Paul is the man. His record shows that he's very consistent with his voting and he's always honest about his voting. Love that you can believe what he says. Oh, cool web site. :D
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Clairnet, Ron Paul is the man. His record shows that he's very consistent with his voting and he's always honest about his voting. Love that you can believe what he says. Oh, cool web site. :D
janneth janneth 8 years
Truthiness.
janneth janneth 8 years
Truthiness.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Thanks for that website address. I always see them on Countdown with Keith Olbermann but I forget to bookmark the page. Now I can put it next to Vote-Smart.org
Jillness Jillness 8 years
The sad thing is that marketing research shows that the "fluff" ads work the best (like last election's "Wolves" ad from the Republicans). Americans vote more for emotion than for fact. That being said, just because the ad isn't specific doesnt mean the candidate doesn't have specifics...I encourage everyone to check out websites if they have any questions. 30 second ads don't usually reflect complex answers that are required by the tough questions our nation faces.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
The sad thing is that marketing research shows that the "fluff" ads work the best (like last election's "Wolves" ad from the Republicans). Americans vote more for emotion than for fact. That being said, just because the ad isn't specific doesnt mean the candidate doesn't have specifics...I encourage everyone to check out websites if they have any questions. 30 second ads don't usually reflect complex answers that are required by the tough questions our nation faces.
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