Ad Nauseam

Friday, October 12, 2012

Voters in swing states are enduring a gauntlet of campaign advertising this election season. Reporter Seth Stevenson, who lives in New York City, decided to fly to one of those states (Ohio) and subjected himself to 45 hours of campaign advertising. It wasn't pleasant. Bob spoke with Stevenson, who wrote about the experiment for The New Republic.

Guests:

Seth Stevenson

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [4]

Mark Richard from Columbus OH

I live in central Ohio, and I still see more advertising for beer than for political candidates.

This is a phony issue. The reason 'the media' make such a big deal about how terrible campaign ads are is that those ads are muscling into the turf of journalists. The latter believe 'we' are the gatekeepers through which raw information must pass - 'we' decide what is news. No campaign 'attack ad' this year has been as sleazy as the ABC News segment on Newt Gingrich's sex life on the eve of the South Carolina primary. That's journalism, you see.

Really irony-impaired people, and public radio - which permits a host of hosts to advertise their political preferences on the taxpayer's dime - represents hypocrisy on stilts in crusading against 'campaign ads'. I see the establishment press, including The New Republic (remember Stephen Glass? Jayson Blair?), and make no meaningful distinction between 'journalistic' copy and campaign ads. It's all information.

Oct. 16 2012 12:37 PM
Geoffrey from Cleveland Ohio

At least Seth got to fly back to NY after his ordeal.
Think of us poor souls who actually live here and are subjected to non stop BS 24/7. It has ratcheted up considerably since he wrote that piece.
Commercial TV in Ohio is completely unwatchable due to the endless barrage of
SuperPac money drowning all other advertising.
Republican candidate Josh Mandel is probably only in the race for Senate against popular incumbent Sherrod Brown due to the $21 million dollars(so far) of ad placements spent on his behalf by Rove/Koch Bros etc Superpac money.

Thanks, Citizens United.
No make that F**k You Citizens United!

Oct. 15 2012 07:11 PM
William O'Leary from Shelton, CT

OTM recently re-ran and expanded upon an earlier self-examination of their supposed liberal bias. I'd argue that this piece with Seth Stevenson is an example of the type of story that prompts those bias accusations. I listened as Seth described a number of negative effects, virtually all of which were tied to Romney ads. This anti-Romney flavor was furthered by one or more snarky comments from Bob Garfield. Surely there is enough in BOTH campaigns' ads to demonstrate the effects Seth was talking about, yet the piece seemed to center on Romney. This is the kind of story that has me turning off NPR, as well as other media outlets, more and more. I think it's also one Reason why Romney ranked so highly in the recent debate -- people's opinions had been so informed by negative Romney media coverage that they were surprised to find the guy was not so bad after all when he was given an unfiltered opportunity to talk. This bias slant led me to stop donating to NPR a while ago. It also has me siding with Republicans in arguing for withdrawal of any public funding. While I know it doesn't constitute much of NPR's budget these days, it's the principle of the thing. As a taxpayer, I don't want to pay for blatant pro-Obama bias; I can get it for free on any network...

Oct. 13 2012 08:00 AM
FranciL from NYC

What a total waste of time. This reporter's editor should be fired. Yuck.

Oct. 13 2012 07:38 AM

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