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Campaign ads, by law, must feature the candidate saying “I approve this message.” If Congress decides to pass any future campaign reform, one of Mitt Romney’s political advisors provides a new disclaimer:

First of all, ads are propaganda by definition. We are in the persuasion business, the propaganda business…. Ads are agitprop…. Ads are about hyperbole, they are about editing. It’s ludicrous for them to say that an ad is taking something out of context…. All ads do that. They are manipulative pieces of persuasive art.

It needs some trimming… something pithy like #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement.  At least Romney’s operatives are being honest that they’re in “the propaganda business” after dishonestly placing President Obama’s words out of context.

“Manipulative pieces of persuasive art” embodies Romney’s entire campaign… then again, I’m not sure persuasive is the appropriate word.


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