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Blog Comments Used in Negative Attack Ad

The GOP has officially jumped the shark, readers:

A Republican state legislator from Fairfax County [Va.] has launched an attack ad on cable TV against his Democratic opponent that features unidentified, unverified quotes from a blog.

The ad by Del. Timothy D. Hugo points to a new form of negative campaigning in which information for an attack ad is sourced to comments posted on the Internet instead of more authoritative sources such as news reports or public records.

Hugo’s ad highlights critical comments about his Democratic opponent, Rex Simmons, that someone with the screen name “Pitin” posted on the Democratic blog Raising Kaine.

The Hugo campaign claims that it’s OK to use quasi-anonymous comments from a blog “because blogs are ultimately responsible for the comments that are posted on them.”

A political-science prof says that “it is like quoting graffiti off the underside of an underpass and using it in a political ad.”

What do you think, readers?

Filed under: Political by dumpendebat at 2007/09/22 - 16:43


  1. Hanque:

    It was bound to happen eventually. I think that most parties will be doing this in the near and for the foreseeable future. If a campaign manager sees it as advantageous, he or she will advocate for it.

    We haven’t yet figured out how blogs will play into the political scene. This blog is cited in other blogs, and I would expect that campaign staffers will use material posted here for their purposes. It’s not surprising. Information from blogs is free, openly available, frequently has good quality and value for campaigns.

    In more established media, sources are quoted off the record, listed as anonymous or categorized in other, less explicit fashion. Anonymous writers in the blog world will be quoted in the same manner. We should all get used to this.

  2. Hank Dagny:

    I guess the NY Times has been exposed - giving discounts to Move On.org???

    Like the free propaganda every night on every news channel in the country except FOX was not enough?

  3. dumpendebat:

    Even if your comment made sense, it’d still be off-topic. Go troll The Liberal Avenger or something.

  4. dumpendebat:

    Now there’s an open thread just for you, H.D. Don’t say I never gave you nothing…

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