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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

And You Think Attack Ads Are Bad Now?

 You have probably heard of the famous “Daisy” ad for Lyndon Johnson in 1964 suggesting that his opponent, Barry Goldwater, might blow the world to bits if elected in a nuclear holocaust. But you may not know about this ad from the same year: linking Goldwater to the Ku Klux Klan. This actually got passing mention on Mad Men. And you think attack ads are a fairly recent phenomenon? But like the “Daisy” ad, this one was either not aired at all or pulled quickly.  Also, don't miss:  go here to see the very first attack ads on the screen--it may surprise you to learn that they were produced by Hollywood saint, Irving Thalberg, way back in 1934, to defeat the Democratic nominee for governor of California--none other than socialist author, Upton Sinclair!

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