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Question:Are the Russians Writing in Ads for the Pennsylvania Primary Campaign?

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | May 12, 2018

No. 1,490

Answer: No, the 2016 Russian ads are mild compared to the worst of this year’s home-grown ones.

Campaign ads are becoming increasingly mean and often lack fairness and truthfulness.  But this year’s current crop in Pennsylvania exceeds the worst of the worst.  The Russian ads that appeared on social media in 2016, some of which were recently unmasked, were actually less malevolent in content. They were intended to stir up political division among Americans more than attack candidates.

But the 2018 ads contain personal attacks that would be actionable in court if they did not involve public figures.  They say more about their authors than the worst allegations in the worst ads.

Fortunately, not everyone has participated in this mayhem. A notable group have not permitted their political handlers to put out vicious, untruthful communications.  Vote for those candidates.

CLT

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