Did you know that while there are regulations on the veracity of advertising regarding the cereal you eat or the juice you drink, there is absolutely nothing regulating truth in political advertising?
Brooks Jackson, from the organization Facts.org offers us a bottom line: “If all you know about candidates in an election is what you see in their ads, you are going to cast a very poorly informed vote.”
On the PBS program Bill Moyers Journal Jackson continues:
The first amendment gives the press in this country and that includes broadcast outlet terrific freedom which is used to make a lot of money. But itâ€™s there because the voters need information to base a sound decision on. And I think In too many cases broadcasters and cable outlets are making huge amounts of money from running these political ads which in many cases are false and misleading and theyâ€™re putting very little of that money back into some reporting that would inform their viewers about when theyâ€™re being scammed…
…If you think commercial advertising is misleading, youâ€™ve got to realize itâ€™s the wild wild west when it comes to political advertising.
So as campaign 2008 ramps up, remember “let the buyer beware.”