Fowler: Attack Ads Up Because They’re Effective

David PesciNovember 15, 20101min
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In a piece by Roger Simon in The Chicago Sun Times, Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, director of the Wesleyan Media Project, says the reason more than 50 percent of the T.V. ads run by candidates this election cycle were so-called attack ads is simple: politicians believe they work. The article goes on to discuss this and warns readers that 2012 will bring even more.

ABC News also had a similar story citing the Wesleyan Media Project.