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No Pulled Punches for Democrats in Mayor's Race

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

There's just three weeks until the Democratic primary for mayor, with a new candidate leading the pack nearly every week. And that means the frontrunners aren't pulling many punches as they duke it out on the campaign trail.  

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The Takeaway

How Obama's Campaign Video Stacks Up, Politically and Cinematically

Friday, March 16, 2012

The biographical campaign film has a long and proud place in U.S. political theater: from 1952's "The Man from Abilene," about Eisenhower, to 1992's "The Man from Hope," about Bill Clinton, these films have become an essential part of the campaign season. They not only try to appeal to voters' political concerns, they also try to cement in their minds an impression of the candidates' personalities.

The Obama campaign released a 17-minute documentary-style film last night called "The Road We've Traveled." It's narrated by Tom Hanks and directed by David Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth." What does it have to offer, politically and cinematically?


On The Media

Requiring Local TV Stations to Disclose Political Ad Buys Online

Friday, January 06, 2012

Local television stations are required to maintain a public file of political ad sales, and allow any member of the public to inspect it–as long as they physically come in to the station.  To make the information more accessible, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing regulations that would require local broadcasters to put the public file online.  Bob speaks to former FCC adviser Steven Waldman, who says that putting the information online is the least that broadcasters can do to fulfill their public interest obligations.

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On The Media

The Onerous Task of Disclosing Political Ad Buys Online

Friday, January 06, 2012

The FCC's proposed regulations to force disclosure of TV political ad buys online is facing resistance from local television stations.  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says that requiring stations to post online a file of the the ads purchased would create an unnecessary burden for the stations.  Bob speaks to broadcast attorney and outside counsel for the NAB Jack Goodman, who says the political file is too massive and disorganized to maintain online.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York as Punching Bag

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times, describes how New York City has been used as a negative in campaign ads this cycle.

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The Takeaway

China As A Political Scapegoat, And A Call For Congress To Play Nice

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif), is pulling no punches in her campaign against former HP CEO Carly Fiorina in California, and she's raising a now-familiar bogeyman: China. One of her recent ads tied Fiorina to her decision to outsource thousands of American jobs to China.  Boxer is not the only candidate doing this. Many politicians across the country are using China as a political scapegoat in their bid to win.

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