I had PBS on the other night….watching an old British drama, when it finished and I heard a teaser for THIS PROGRAM which made my ears perk up.
Here’s why….I heard:
“In 1934, famed writer and socialist Upton Sinclair swept the Democratic primary for governor of California, leading a mass End Poverty movement. To defeat him that fall, his opponents created one of the dirtiest, and most influential, campaigns in U.S. history, and Hollywood took its first all-out plunge into politics.”
What really got my attention was another sentence in my link that says “The California campaign that gave birth to the political attack ad.”
- Election between presidential candidates John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson was nasty and bitter and involved extreme accusations.
- John Quincy Adams accused Andrew Jackson of murder while serving as a military officer.
- Andrew Jackson accused John Quincy Adams of having been a pimp while serving as a diplomat in Russia.
- Lurid accusations circulated by handbill and in partisan newspapers.
- Jackson won the election of 1828, and his administration got off to a bitter beginning when Adams refused to attend his inauguration.
I think those 1828 points are pretty big political attack ads, don’t you? I Googled several sites because I know that Lincoln was really slammed in political ads, but it’s hard to find them… And, oddly, most of the political attack ads Google lists are Republicans against Democrats (as was Adams v Jackson…)…(not oddly at all, of course, because it’s Google).
Am I wrong or haven’t political attack ads gone on for YEARS in our country? And the point of the documentary is so obvious; The Democrat, the “loving, kind” socialist, wanted to end mass poverty but the Republicans couldn’t have THAT? 🙂
Am I wrong or didn’t Lincoln and many others have terrible attack ads against them?