EDITORIAL: Lack of credibility

The Travis Childers campaign makes a serious misjudgment in claiming that an anonymous comment posted on a newspaper’s website is fully credible because the newspaper is a “reputable news source.”

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The Childers campaign should pull the tax-issue ad because basing a serious political claim on anonymous and unconfirmed on-line posting further lowers the quality of debate. Both campaigns have turned to negative advertising which, while arguably effective within each camp, tells little of value or substance about the two candidates and their goals for the 1st Congressional District.

NEMS Editorial
9/16/10