What's perhaps still known as the most notorious political campaign attack ad on TV aired just once before being pulled--fifty-two years ago tomorrow. We are speaking, of course, of the 1964 ad for LBJ that pictured a little girl pulling a daisy about to be obliterated by a nuclear attack--thanks to GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. It became known as The Daisy Ad. But as my book The Campaign of the Century makes clear--the first use of the screen to destroy a candidate happened 80 years ago, with fake newsreels produced by none other than Irving Thalberg hitting the radical and frontrunning candidate for governor of California, Upton Sinclair.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Happy 52nd Birthday, Daisy!
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch