*What is it about running for office that relieves people of the responsibility to not be a horse's ass? Here in Kansas USA, a state dominated by one of the major political parties ever since I first moved here, political ads are particularly vitriolic and are prone to leaving the path of strict truth-telling. I cannot stand it!!!
The primary election in Kansas was on August 5. The general election is scheduled to occur on November 4. Do you think we got a break after the primary election? If so, you would be wrong. The Billionaire Brothers of Kansas fund an enormous number of commercials while other major funding comes from as far away as the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most, if not all of the ads should cause many small fires - that is, there should be many pairs of pants burning - at the worst and are misleading at best.
When a political ad (and I don't care whose** it is or what political ox is being gored) comes onto TV, I am quite capable of changing the channel with great alacrity - and do! However, Internet ads are harder to deal with. It is impossible to get to the information or display being sought without first enduring a political ad. Case in point: my experience in trying to view a video that Stu (of Eunoia) was kind enough to call to my attention - concerning birds. I have yet to see the video because I am unwilling to endure 20-30 seconds of commercial exhorting me to re-elect our governor. That our governor is, in my not-so-humble opinion, an ideologically-driven, incompetent, spinmeister of a politician is not the point. The point is: why should I have to endure a political ad of any stripe to access information on the Internet? I have complained to our Internet Provider and await a meaningful reply.
If you care to see some beautiful photos of birds (of the United Kingdom), do follow the link that Stu provided. You may be able to view the video that is embedded in the piece - without being assailed by political ads that are not even meaningful in Kansas! (I'll watch it when the general election is in the past.)
*In the spirit of full disclosure I will tell you that when I, myself, ran for public office the only advertising was on signs (1 meter wide) placed in the yards of supporters and in the 8.5"x11" flyers and postal-card-sized card stock that I (and my supporters) handed to residents while making personal visits, door-to-door. My approach to not being swayed by the donations made to my campaign was to tell my "bag man" that I did not wish to know who did and who did not contribute to my campaign - let alone how much. (I still do not know and my "bag man" died nearly 15 years ago.) This allowed me, when elected, to vote as logic and conscience dictated. BTW: The office was as City Councilman (sic!) in our small city - a non-partisan post. Regardless, there were undoubtedly a few people among the incumbent's supporters who considered me a horse's ass.
Here (below) is a slightly redacted version of my flyer. Credit Hunky Husband for the photo.
**MS Word® flagged "whose" as being incorrect, suggesting that I insert "who's", instead. Oh, me!