I feel that political ads in general vary from misleading to highly misleading to outright false, but this election seems worse than ever.
In the recent print ads in my mailbox and the online ads tacked on to YouTube stuff, nothing is positive. They never say who to vote for, but who is the spawn of Satan and must be purged.
Example…I have a 4 page printed, mailed ad claiming one candidate for Wisconsin senate “supports raising taxes on farmers and manufacturers,” which would “eliminate 40,000 jobs” and put all farmers out of business. There’s no mention of the opponent’s name, and if you aren’t aware of the race, you have no way of finding out from the brochure who they are touting. The bad guy’s name is mentioned 6 times; the good guy, never. The organization that claims to have paid for this ad is “Wisconsin Alliance for Reform,” which really narrows it down, eh?
I just listened to a LWV forum between the two candidates for this position, and nowhere did this candidate say he wants to raise taxes, or eliminate jobs. In fact, he comes from a business background and last year was in charge of a successful local business/government partnership, a loan and development fund. But no one would know from this ad, would they?
Is all of this just an extension of Trumpism? Where you can make any goddamn claim you want, the more false and outrageous the better, and never have to back down or prove your claims? Or has it always been this way and I am just now waking up?