Tuesday, November 27, 2007

CNN’s Campbell Brown Meets Minds Behind Political Attack Ads

CNN Pressroom - Broken Government Report on Presidential Pugilism Airs on Nov. 28 Following CNN/YouTube Debate

As the 2008 presidential campaign heats up, CNN anchor Campbell Brown reports on the rising temperatures – and the pugilistic punches – that come with the territory of running for the nation’s highest political office. Following the CNN/YouTube GOP debate, CNN will premiere Broken Government – “Campaign Killers” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11 p.m., with replays on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. on CNN/U.S. All times Eastern.

Although Americans say they are turned off by negative political campaigning, attack ads have can have enormous impact on elections. Brown interviews former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and adman Floyd Brown about one of the most infamous campaign ads of all time: the Willie Horton ad used to shattering effect in the 1988 presidential race.

In her first documentary for CNN, Brown also goes behind the scenes with the guerrilla warriors of this season’s presidential campaign to see what they're plotting. From the left, Eli Pariser of MoveOn.org talks candidly about the “General Betray-us” ad; from the right, the “Hillary hunters” – David Bossie of Citizens United and the “Stop Her Now” team of cartoonists – discuss the effects of lampooning the Democratic frontrunner.

Senior CNN political analyst Bill Schneider and political marketing consultants Mark McKinnon and Bill Hillsman comment on the impact of attack ads for the 2008 presidential race and the latest evolution in negative campaigning – the anonymous Internet viral attack.

“Campaign Killers” was produced by Andy Segal, Melissa Dunst and Michael Mocklar; the managing editor was Kathy Slobogin. The vice president and senior executive producer of CNN Productions is Mark Nelson.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In your piece about MoveOn.org you give the impression that the group is mostly grass roots supported and led by the 20 something guy who is the public spokesperson. What you didn't tell us is that George Soros is the major financial power behind MoveOn.org. Soros is also a major ideological figure in the groups issues.
They aren't going to spend $45 million in the next year from grass roots support money. It is Soros all the way and the American public deserves to know the extent of this man's desire to buy and influence American politics.

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