MichMash: How To Watch Campaign Ads Responsibly

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The November election is fast approaching. And that means candidates, ballot campaigns, and other political organizations are pouring money into campaign ads.

Soon we will be inundated with candidates’ faces, boasts of their career accomplishments, their rivals’ pitfalls, and — inevitably — some dubious claims about those things.

These can be fraught times for politics and voters and it’s tough to keep up with all of the rhetoric. Fortunately for us, there are capable professionals who do much of the work for all of us.

As part of their weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with Riley Beggin of Bridge Magazine’s Truth Squad about how to watch responsibly.

Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation.

Some takeaways…

1) Apparently, candidates have done some sort of market research and determined voters will respond positively to images of them driving a car.

2) Candidates are leaving it up to their respective parties to launch attack ads on their opponents.

3) Seek out fact checks of these ads, such as those from Bridge Magazine’s Truth Squad.

Image credit: Gretchen Whitmer/Bill Schuette

Filed Under: #MichMash

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This post is a part of 2018 Elections in Michigan.

In November, Michigan voters will decide who will be the state's new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Some state House and Senate seats are up for grabs, and numerous initiatives are expected on ballots.

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This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today

Jake.Neher@wdet.org   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.

CRoth@MPRN.org   Follow @Cheyna_R

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