The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Dukakis threw mud too - but too late to stick
On September 25, I discussed a paper comparing media coverage of the 1968 and 1988 campaigns - including the infamous Willie Horton ad.
An addendum here :
A poll conducted by Harris found that 60 % of those that were polled remembered the furlough ad. From the first airing of the ad until the time of the poll in October, the percent that reported that Dukakis was soft on crime rose from 52 to 63 %.
Caveat lector, natch - the words quoted from the Dukakis ad do not appear elsewhere online, according to Mr Google - but some indication of the intent to play dirty pool being there with the 88 Dems, even though execution was not a strong point.
Eleven campaign ads (including Weekend Passes) from the 1952 and later presidential campaigns are available on the CNN site. For reasons passing understanding, they are served up as MOV files - ie, you need Quicktime to play them. Jesus wept!
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