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Political Mudslinging Via YouTube, MySpace 249

An anonymous reader writes "BusinessWeek takes a look at how political campaigns are taking the time-honored tradition of political mudslinging digital. One notable example: In the Virginia Senate race incumbent Republican George Allen held a comfortable lead over challenger Jim Webb until one of Webb's camera-toting aides captured footage of Allen making a racial slur during a campaign stop. The video soon held the number 1 ranking on YouTube and gained national attention. Allen has since taken a steep drop in the polls, and Republicans now risk losing a seat they thought secure."
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Political Mudslinging Via YouTube, MySpace

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  • by smooth wombat ( 796938 ) on Thursday November 02, 2006 @04:06PM (#16693559) Journal
    captured footage of Allen making a racial slur during a campaign stop.

    Now we have footage of some of his aides/operatives attacking a blogger [] who asked Allen if he had stopped spitting on his wife. Why would he say that? Because that is apparently what is included in Allen's divorce papers which are currently sealed.

    As others on the media circuit have said, regardless if the question is valid or not, there was no reason to attack the person and the fact that Allen watched the whole thing and did nothing to stop the attack shows what a thug-based party the Republicans.

    This isn't the first time that Allen's been accused of being violent. His one sister wrote a book in which she describes him beating and/or attacking the other children including dragging her by the hair up a flight of stairs.

    And before anyone marks me as Troll or Flamebait, I am a Republican but people like Allen, or in my case Santorum, in no way represent me. I am thoroughly disgusted with what my party has become and I can't wait to see the results on November 8th.

  • Re:Mudslinging? How? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Profane MuthaFucka ( 574406 ) <> on Thursday November 02, 2006 @04:45PM (#16694201) Homepage Journal
    Telling a joke doesn't make you a racist. Calling people macaca to their face, putting deer heads into the mailboxes of black families, and standing up with the members of the Council of Conservative Citizens (a KKK front group) makes you a racist.

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