What's really going on with political campaigns?

What's really going on with political campaigns?

See our post on the New-York Historical Society blog

True or False

This is true...

It’s legal to lie in political campaigns.

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

Fear. Anger. Hope. Pride: They change history.


See what's going on with political ads by answering the T's and F's below.

People Vote Based on Emotion More Than on Issues?
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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

GET YOUR POPCORN READY!

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

Many of these ads aren't on TV. They're placed online in swing states.

You'll also still see some of the 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, Donald Trump: "Joe Biden has destroyed millions ..."

During an interview with nationally-syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club,” Joe Biden

2020, Joe Biden: "Timeline"

You didn’t see this ad on TV. “Timeline” originally ran online May

2020, Donald Trump: "Dangerous"

Trump says Biden is dangerously soft on China in the midst of

2020, Joe Biden. "Unprepared"

“Unprepared” is a first attack ad by Biden about the coronavirus. It

Donald Trump, 2020: "Stronger, Safer, More Prosperous"

Released earlier that morning as a text message to followers, “Strong, Safer,

2020, Joe Biden: "Buck Stops Here"

“Buck Stops Here” draws parallels between Joe Biden and past ‘great’ presidents

2016, CLINTON: "Tomorrow"

A direct two-minute message to voters: the choice in the election, Clinton

2016, CLINTON: "Roar"

Katy Perry’s “Roar” scores Hillary’s closing campaign ad, featuring everyday Americans with

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