What's really going on with political ads?

What's really going on with political ads?

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True or False

It’s legal to lie in political campaigns.

Lies don't just change minds. They change hearts. And hearts change history.


See what's going on with political ads by answering the questions below.

People Vote Based on Emotion More Than on Issues?
TRUE
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There are REGULATIONS governing online advertising in the U.S.?
FALSE
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There are 15+ WAYS you can be TARGETED and TRICKED on the internet?
TRUE
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There are LISTS of ONLINE ADS and the campaign spend?
TRUE
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Russia INTERFERED* in the 2016 US election?
TRUE
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WHAT YOU WEAR tells me how you vote?
TRUE
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FALSE NEWS Travels Faster and Further?
TRUE
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You can't DO YOUR OWN fact-checking?
FALSE
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Candidates were 55% less likely to produce deceptive ads when they knew fact-checkers were watching. How many more political ads would be honest if we all were watching?
*Research Paper: New American Foundation,“The Effects of Fact-Checking Threat,” Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler, October 2013.

Ad Gallery

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We're posting ads from Donald Trump and Joe Biden for the 2020 election.

Some of these ads you'll never see, because they only run in swing states or they're very specifically targeted.

You'll also find some Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton 2016 election ads, so you can compare.

Do heads win over hearts? Facts over fiction? Watch and decide what you think.

Go on to the next pages to watch some of the most notorious political ads of all time.

2020, Biden. "Former Arizona Republican ..."

In an ad targeting voters from the battleground state of Arizona, former

2020, Biden. "Beckett."

Focusing on healthcare, this Biden ad tells the story of a young

2020, Trump. "THE BEST IS YET TO COME."

Hyping Trump’s economic achievements, this ad focuses in on a small business

2020, Trump. "Meet Joe Biden's Supporters."

Released in early September by the Trump campaign, this ad clips together

2020, Joe Biden. "Red Handed."

On September 9th, 2020, journalist Bob Woodward released some selected audio recordings

2020, Trump. "Joe's Teleprompter."

Released September 2020, this Trump ad accuses Joe Biden of reading his

2020, Joe Biden. "Fresh Start."

“Fresh Start” asks the question: “Isn’t it time to put the darkness

2020, Trump. "The Great American Comeback."

This ad came shortly after the positive August economic report, the most

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