With big lies – bad trips – nuclear bombs and now Trump’s Dangerous – political smear campaigns are some of the most devastating minutes of TV ever.
(ed:..this is an historical best/worst-of presidential attack-ads – and i think the vilest (and the most powerful) has to be the swift-boat attacks on john kerry – bush the draft-dodger vs. kerry the war-hero.
but vile as it is – it clearly worked – we never had a president kerry..
the funniest/laff-out-loud one is the reagan ‘bear in the woods’…(talk about a tenuous grip on ‘fear’/fear-mongering..)
and the other-times/hokiest is the ‘i like ike!’ disneyesque cartoon above..)
(here is the summary of the swift-boat ad..)
As Dubya learned from his old man – sling enough mud and some of it will stick.
Any Questions? wasn’t an official ad but was tacitly endorsed by Bush and adopted the style of a stirring war homily (think Band of Brothers: the Documentary) –
– as a group of Vietnam vets smeared John Kerry’s war record.
It later transpired that none of them had served alongside him and Bush was of course a draft dodger – but the damage was done.
(ed:..see what i mean about ‘vile’..?..)