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6th Feb '16 3:14:57 PM BrendanRizzo
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Worse than the 1800 or 1860 elections? Really?
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012 2012 presidential campaign]] was one of the most negative -- if not ''the'' most negative -- campaign seasons ever. Setting aside the clusterfuck that was the Republican primary, UsefulNotes/BarackObama did his damnedest to portray Mitt Romney as a tax-evading, job-destroying, plutocratic, oligarchic hypocrite, and Romney tried to counter by saying "You screwed up the economy." Alas, ''both'' resorted to QuoteMining and occasionally even [[TwistingTheWords willful misinterpretation]] of the other's statements, to a degree that enraged anyone in America with half a brain. Some specifics:
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012 2012 presidential campaign]] was one of the most negative -- if not ''the'' most negative -- campaign seasons ever.since the invention of television. Setting aside the clusterfuck that was the Republican primary, UsefulNotes/BarackObama did his damnedest to portray Mitt Romney as a tax-evading, job-destroying, plutocratic, oligarchic hypocrite, and Romney tried to counter by saying "You screwed up the economy." Alas, ''both'' resorted to QuoteMining and occasionally even [[TwistingTheWords willful misinterpretation]] of the other's statements, to a degree that enraged anyone in America with half a brain. Some specifics:

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ3B8WvVjL4&feature=player_embedded This]] political advertisement for the 2010 Los Angeles City Council election is some strange mixture of gangsta rap, pole dancing and communist propaganda, all [[DadaAd without telling you just who the hell its trying to get you to vote for]].
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ3B8WvVjL4&feature=player_embedded This]] political advertisement for the 2010 Los Angeles City Council election is some strange mixture of gangsta rap, pole dancing and communist propaganda, all [[DadaAd without telling you just who the hell its it's trying to get you to vote for]].
2nd Feb '16 11:09:31 AM DDRMASTERM
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWdyf9eSkqQ Taliban Dan]]. Most glaringly his "Submit to me it's in the Bible" quote is the ''[[ManipulativeEditing exact]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKqxBInCPF0 opposite]]'' when heard in context. It didn't work.
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWdyf9eSkqQ Taliban Dan]]. Most glaringly his "Submit to me it's in the Bible" [[QuoteMining quote is the the]] ''[[ManipulativeEditing exact]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKqxBInCPF0 opposite]]'' when heard in context. It didn't work.
28th Dec '15 7:44:30 AM Skyboss
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* In the 2014 Comgressional election, every Ilinois YouTube resident was asked one question: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBOcLkENu-k What is Brad Schneider hiding?]] Unfortunately, we never found out because most of us skipped the ad when we got the chance.
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* In the 2014 Comgressional election, every Ilinois Illinois YouTube resident was asked one question: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBOcLkENu-k What is Brad Schneider hiding?]] Unfortunately, we never found out because most of us skipped the ad when we got the chance.
20th Dec '15 8:14:31 PM DDRMASTERM
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Examples Are Not Recent, also clarifying example
** In Sweden's most recent general election, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats ran an ad showing crowds of Muslim women in burqas lining up to get welfare benefits while an elderly woman with a stroller was left high and dry. The ad played on the fears of the party's xenophobic base and swept the Sweden Democrats into parliament.
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** In Sweden's most recent 2014 general election, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats ran an ad showing crowds of Muslim women in burqas lining up to get welfare benefits while an elderly woman with a stroller was left high and dry. The ad played on the fears of the party's xenophobic base and swept the Sweden Democrats into parliament. being parliament's 3rd largest party.
27th Nov '15 3:58:10 PM nombretomado
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** In a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ParodyCommercial of same, it showed a woman who men were constantly kicking down her door to rape - her boyfriend, her father, her ''grand''father, the spokesperson of the ad...
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** In a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' ParodyCommercial of same, it showed a woman who men were constantly kicking down her door to rape - her boyfriend, her father, her ''grand''father, the spokesperson of the ad...
30th Oct '15 11:42:34 AM kchishol
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** To a lesser extent, Justin Trudeau was subject to a relentless smear campaign by the Conservatives as an immature, intellectual lightweight, culminating in the slogan, "Just Not Ready." However, this campaign backfired considering that it lowered expectations about Trudeau so low in the public eyes, his first appearance in the 2015 federal election debates impressed many by how intelligent, articulate and charming, in short like his father, UsefulNotesPierreTrudeau, he really was.
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** To a lesser extent, Justin Trudeau was subject to a relentless smear campaign by the Conservatives as an immature, intellectual lightweight, culminating in the slogan, "Just Not Ready." However, this campaign backfired considering that it lowered expectations about Trudeau so low in the public eyes, his first appearance in the 2015 federal election debates impressed many by how intelligent, articulate and charming, in short like his father, UsefulNotesPierreTrudeau, UsefulNotes/PierreTrudeau, he really was.
30th Oct '15 11:42:15 AM kchishol
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** To a lesser extent, Justin Trudeau was subject to a relentless smear campaign by the Conservatives as an immature, intellectual lightweight, culminating in the slogan, "Just Not Ready." However, this campaign backfired considering that it lowered expectations about Trudeau so low in the public eyes, his first appearance in the 2015 federal election debates impressed many by how intelligent, articulate and charming he really was.
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** To a lesser extent, Justin Trudeau was subject to a relentless smear campaign by the Conservatives as an immature, intellectual lightweight, culminating in the slogan, "Just Not Ready." However, this campaign backfired considering that it lowered expectations about Trudeau so low in the public eyes, his first appearance in the 2015 federal election debates impressed many by how intelligent, articulate and charming charming, in short like his father, UsefulNotesPierreTrudeau, he really was.
24th Oct '15 11:29:04 PM Scoutstr295
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* The Church of Scientology -- er, [[ChurchOfHappyology Happylogy]] -- uses this as a default tactic against its many critics. It's based on what founder LRonHubbard called the "Fair Game" policy, in which Scientologists use any means necessary to smear and discredit anyone who critiques their practices. Scientology has gone to such lengths as false rumors, verbal and physical harassment in public, and even ''framing people for serious crimes'' in order to force them into silence.
24th Oct '15 11:14:03 PM Scoutstr295
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* Facing the prospect of losing the 2015 federal election, Stephen Harper's Conservative Party tried to pander to Islamophobes by pledging to ban Muslim women from wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies, denying Syrian refugees asylum for fear that they could be terrorists, and even setting up a telephone hotline for Canadians to report "barbaric cultural practices" by their immigrant neighbors. Despite polls showing that most Canadians agreed with Harper on the niqab issue, they saw the xenophobic ploy for what it was and ousted the already-unpopular Harper in favor of Justin Trudeau's Liberals.
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* Facing the prospect of losing the 2015 federal election, Stephen Harper's Conservative Party Conservatives tried to pander to Islamophobes by pledging to ban Muslim women from wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies, denying Syrian refugees asylum for fear that they could be terrorists, and even setting up a telephone hotline for Canadians to report "barbaric cultural practices" by their immigrant neighbors. Despite polls showing that most Canadians agreed with Harper on the niqab issue, they saw the xenophobic ploy for what it was and ousted the already-unpopular Harper in favor of Justin Trudeau's Liberals.
21st Oct '15 9:10:51 AM kchishol
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** This is Stephen Harper's default tactic. The Conservative attack ads were attacks first on Stephane Dion (who is still a candidate in Saint-Laurent riding in Quebec), then Michael Ignatieff, and later Justin Trudeau. Some involved quoting magazine interviews from years back in which Ignatieff says he's an intellectual. Then, it cuts to Mr. Harper in his Blue Sweatervest of Family Values.
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** This is Stephen Harper's default tactic. The Conservative attack ads were attacks first on Stephane Dion (who is still a candidate in Saint-Laurent riding in Quebec), then Michael Ignatieff, and later Justin Trudeau. Some involved quoting magazine interviews from years back in which Ignatieff says he's an intellectual. Then, it cuts to Mr. Harper in his Blue Sweatervest of Family Values. By the 2015 campaign, Harper was so loathed by too much of the Canadian public that ads featuring him eventually had to begin with "It's not about me..." in order to promote the Conservative party.
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