Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm a liberal, so I guess I should be hailing Obama.

It's time for a nice, quick little post about politics. Oh joy. Contained within this video, are ten sleazy political ads from 2012's elections. There are no shortage of such things, I can tell you that much. In this instance, however, I would like to bring up the fifth advertisement specifically. Within this fun little ball of joy, Obama is labeled as evil because Putin, Castro, and Chavez all said something nice about him. This commercial employs guilt by association: saying that because someone we associate with negative ideas likes Obama, Obama should be associated with those same ideas. That is all it does, and these commercials run rampant every election. Negative ad campaigns usual employ nothing but logical fallacies and downright lies to lessen a candidates appeal. The main problem is, a great number of people don't fact check or even consciously think about these ads, either because they don't care enough or are so loyal to their party they base their interpretation as to the truth of an ad entirely around that. Anyway, that's all I have to say, and may the spirit of McCarthy guide you.

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