You Think This Campaign's in the Sewer?

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  1. longknife

    longknife Diamond Member

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    This comes up from a blog, A Soldier's Perspective, in which he says. The difference this year is that instead of two generally respectable people running against each other, there are two despicably horrible candidates. On one side, you have the Republican nominee who still isn’t a known quantity on conservative issues who is a vulgar and offensive individual. On the other hand, you have a corrupt, morally bankrupt politician who should be running a chain gang, not the country.

    Well, I knew the term “Yellow Journalism” came from campaign coverage in the late 1800s and early 1900s. But, I really wasn't versed in earlier stuff. So I did an internet search and came up with a piece @ Adams vs. Jefferson: The Birth of Negative Campaigning in the U.S. It starts off with the following and certainly indicates that what's going on between Clinton, Trump, and the media isn't anything new.

    Negative campaigning in the United States can be traced back to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Back in 1776, the dynamic duo combined powers to help claim America's independence, and they had nothing but love and respect for one another. But by 1800, party politics had so distanced the pair that, for the first and last time in U.S. history, a president found himself running against his VP.

    Things got ugly fast. Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father." As the slurs piled on, Adams was labeled a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant, while Jefferson was branded a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward. Even Martha Washington succumbed to the propaganda, telling a clergyman that Jefferson was "one of the most detestable of mankind."

    Read the rest for yourselves. Let's face it, the huge difference is availability to the general public. Everyone can see it 24/7.

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