MagickPoultry - 2010-11-03 Seems like Jefferson brought a knife to a gun fight.
fluffy - 2010-11-03 I'd have preferred seeing the actual ads rather than have them reformatted and butchered into a modern format, which makes the whole argument lose credibility.
Anaxagoras - 2010-11-03 The actual ads would have just been words on a piece of paper, which would appear quaint & not terribly insulting to modern eyes. This reformat does an excellent job of giving the attack ads the immediacy and bite that contemporaries of the ads would have felt.
parlagi - 2010-11-03 They included the original sources in the video description.
This is a really lame argument. "Sure it's bad, but it's not as bad as it used to be, so it's okay!"
KillerGazebo - 2010-11-03 I think the argument is more "It's as bad as it's been since 1800, so we shouldn't treat negative political ads as historically unprecedented signs of our country's impending demise."
Anaxagoras - 2010-11-03 I got the same message, KillerGazebo. And I think it's a useful one to keep in mind.