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Truth in Advertising

September 29, 2010 by Vicki

So, a story broke on Tuesday, the 28th, over this political ad from Florida Representative Alan Grayson about his opponent Daniel Webster:

Needless to say it caused a big brouhaha (how often do you get to use a word like brouhaha?) Except the allegations are a pack of lies. Those clips of Webster? Taken completely out of context. Now the full video the clips came from has been shown on the news and it clearly shows Webster saying the exact opposite of what Grayson says he said. (Was that any clearer than mud?) Not only that, the newspaper article cited as a “source” on Florida House Bill 1586? It doesn’t appear to actually exist. At least not in the Pasco Times online archives. I looked.

Andy Levy from the Fox News show Red Eye called them the Devil and Daniel Webster. Which is fitting. I know which one I’d vote for if I lived in Orlando. And it wouldn’t be the Devil. 😉

But this is just an example of the never-ending dirty politics with which we seem to be cursed lately.

My point is, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that our elected officials have a little (or a lot more!) integrity and honesty. It’s sad that we, as voters, have to choose “the lesser of two evils”. Why can’t we have the choice of the better of two good, upright people? I mean, really, is that too much to ask?


  1. Brandy says:

    In this day and age, of media circus’ and such, it does seem to much to ask that they stop these insipid attack campaigns. Our state has already started them as well, for the Governors race. And you’re right, it truly does feel like a choice between bad and worse.

  2. I think part of the problem is folks start their political careers with their hearts in the right place, but usually at a local or state level — and by the time they hit federal, the gloss has worn off and they find out what politics are REALLY about.

    It’s frustrating.

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