Bad Rap: Making the Case for Political Attack Ads

Professor John Geer talks about the op-ed he wrote for Sunday's Los Angeles Times, in which he argues that political attack ads serve a useful purpose in a democracy. Geer says the ads should be judged on whether the information they present is useful and not just on their tastefulness.


John Geer, professor of political science, Vanderbilt University; author of In Defense of Negativity: Attack Advertising in Presidential Campaigns



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