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Do not allow paid political advertising on radio, tv, and internet.

Mass media is arguably the primary influence on the average person's decision-making. It was for this reason that tobacco product advertising was stopped. Political ads have become not much more than attempts to persuade voters to vote NO for something or someone. Most of the content is negative and derogatory, if not outright false. Useful, truthful information is getting more scarce with each election. More muck gets raked every time the campaign season rolls around. Better we should exercise personal initiative to inform ourselves about candidates and issues. Billions of advertising dollars are at stake so the mass media will probably flaunt their powers of influence to stop any such effort, I know the tobacco lobby sure did.

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123 comments by 23 participants covered the spectrum from status quo to take the vote away from women!
8 people agree with the idea of stopping paid political ads on electronic mass media. 15 people have other ideas. Most believe there is a problem with campaign ethics. Some of the suggestions are: free air time for candidates with fact checking; third party ads ok but not endorsed by candidates; do what other countries do; repeal sufferage; people need information made available to them because they will not get it themselves; a 9-step program was itemized in detail; purge voter ignorance by force-feeding education; all advertising is propaganda; people have already made up their minds so ads don't have much influence; 2 people like the idea but feel it is too difficult to execute (the tobacco ad prohibition carried little weight); one person prefers the status quo; one thinks negative ads are helpful. Thanks to all who shared their wisdom and energy. I will see if TED will allow a debate on this.

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      Nov 10 2012: You speak truth sir. But the problem is that many do, and likely always will, rely on mass electronic media for their information. These folks are deceived into voting a certain way and if enough of them do so then the misrepresented candidate gets elected or the measure becomes law. That should stop. Freedom of speech is important but the first amendment does not guarantee the right to lie, slander, and misrepresent for personal gain. To outlaw such conduct would in no way diminish the freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. Thank you.
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          Nov 11 2012: It's ok, Mr. Trainor, I'm not disappointed. If I believed Twinkie eating people on welfare were costing me lots of money I would favor stopping them from eating so many delicious "cream" filled sponge cakes. I, being of sound mind, do not believe there is a pending Twinkies conspiracy by folks on welfare. Your second paragraph ignores the very essense of my argument: the persuasive power of these ads is being used to get votes where votes should not be gotten. Your third paragraph implies that if I have not introduced legislation on this matter that I am somehow being fraudulent, or insincere. Well, I have not authored legislation or formed any groups. All I have done is post an idea on the premier website where (mostly) valuable, intelligent, serious critical analysis can be gotten for free! Paragraph number four seems to be an example of syntax gone wrong. Can you interpret it for me please? I find nothing requiring a response in your fifth and final (I hope) paragraph.
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          Nov 11 2012: There are very good answers to your question in the full context of this post. Read more and write less Mr. Trainor.
        • Nov 11 2012: Ok he's not trying to ban information on the candidates. He believe's in banning there extremely one-sided advertisements or simply put propaganda. Every growing political candidate has a website or web page that state's their platform, plans, and associate's. All you would have to is research is the plan's details and decide whether you think it's effective or not. The Platform is unimportant because it's made just to make the candidate look pretty.
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          Nov 11 2012: Perhaps sometime we can discuss the flaws in my character. For now, I will record your opinion that paid political ads should not be outlawed. Thank you!
    • Nov 11 2012: I'm sad to say but I don't watch Tv either, but because I use YouTube and hulu that I still am forcible blasted with ads. They are shorter ads and are played in smaller quantities than any TV ads. but persistently annoying ads just the same.
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          Nov 11 2012: The issue is not the polarity of an ad. The issue is the veracity of an ad.

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