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Old 30 October 2008, 12:02 AM
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Comment: I received this today... Is it true?

Boycott this on the 29th.
Obama is trying to BUY his way into our homes on Oct. 29. He's bought 1/2
hour of time on FOX, CBS and NBC and those stations have agreed to push
back the start time of the World Series Game to allow him that time. The
game is now set to begin at 8:35 eastern time. Obama has bought the
8 -8:30 p.m. time slot.

I PROPOSE THIS:
BOYCOTT ALL TV FROM 8:00 p.m. UNTIL 8:45 p.m. (eastern time) ON FOX, CBS
AND NBC. Watch a video, play a game, read, talk, go for a walk...whatever!
DO NOT WATCH TV ON OCT. 29 FROM 8 - 8:45!

I think if enough people get this message and participate in the boycott,
then we can show the media...including FOX...that we have CLOUT! Won't you
join me in this important effort. The BONUS is that you won't have to
listen to Obama for 1/2 hour! PLEASE SEND THIS TO ALL REASONABLE PEOPLE IN
YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.
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Old 30 October 2008, 12:05 AM
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whoops, too late!

Plus, the networks already got the cash, they don't need the eyes.
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Old 30 October 2008, 12:05 AM
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It's already paid for. A boycott will accomplish exactly what?
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Old 30 October 2008, 12:06 AM
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Do people not understand how every single political advertisment they've seen works? Do they not have any idea what all that campaign financing money everyone is constantly talking about goes into? (Besides wardrobes, or course...)

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Old 30 October 2008, 12:14 AM
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I think if enough people get this message and participate in the boycott, then we can show the media...including FOX...that we have CLOUT!
But not brains, apparently.
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Old 30 October 2008, 01:13 AM
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Obama is trying to BUY his way into our homes on Oct. 29.
Because all the other ads he's run have been free. Or not in our homes.
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Old 30 October 2008, 01:14 AM
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BOYCOTT ALL TV FROM 8:00 p.m. UNTIL 8:45 p.m. (eastern time) ON FOX, CBS
AND NBC.
How do I boycott ALL TV if she only specifies three channels?
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Watch a video, play a game, read, talk, go for a walk...whatever!
DO NOT WATCH TV ON OCT. 29 FROM 8 - 8:45!
Hunh. She must only get those three channels as she never mentions changing the channel and watch a different one. That's gotta suck - especially since they are Fox, CBS, and NBC.
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Old 30 October 2008, 01:14 AM
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Television is in the tank for Obama!
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Old 30 October 2008, 01:36 AM
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Television is in the tank for Obama!
Given what it must have cost I would think that Obama is in the tank for Television.

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Old 30 October 2008, 02:02 AM
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I have no interest since I have already voted and see no reason to watch a 30 min ad on TV. The man has a lot of money to waste, but as long as it is his to spend and it is not my tax money, he can do as he wants with it. If you feel the need to watch, then watch and I hope you are happy.

I do not know how many votes this will get him in the election. I would think most people have already made up there minds by now. He may move a few over to his side with this stunt. It does seem to be a very expensive way to gain a few votes.
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:05 AM
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I have no interest since I have already voted and see no reason to watch a 30 min ad on TV. The man has a lot of money to waste, but as long as it is his to spend and it is not my tax money, he can do as he wants with it. If you feel the need to watch, then watch and I hope you are happy.

I do not know how many votes this will get him in the election. I would think most people have already made up there minds by now. He may move a few over to his side with this stunt. It does seem to be a very expensive way to gain a few votes.
You seem a little bitter about it for someone with no interest.
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:18 AM
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He may move a few over to his side with this stunt. It does seem to be a very expensive way to gain a few votes.
I'll admit that when I first heard about the 30-minute airtime buy, I was surprised. I may well also have called it a "stunt." And I'm still a little concerned that some of those fickle undecided voters might just perceive it (without even watching it) as "arrogant" for a candidate to buy this time and expect them to tune in to listen.

But thinking about it more, I think the fact that it strikes us as a "stunt" is really just a sign of how bad our political culture has become. What's Obama trying to do? He's trying to get you to listen to a half-hour speech (I note Singing in the Drizzle called it just an "ad" -- and I think that's also symptomatic). If, like most people, you haven't gone to an actual rally, how much of any of the candidates speeches have your really heard? A few tune it to CSPAN and a few watch online (a class who are overrepresented on this board compared to the general population). But most people only ever hear maybe 10-20 second highlight reels of soundbytes on the news or quoted in the paper or online. We are never asked to process a long piece of political argument from a candidate. Even the debate formats, while we may hear each candidate talking for about a half-hour apiece, still encourage -- nay, require -- brevity, and tiny little units of thought.

To think that broadcasting a thirty minute speech is something audacious, perhaps even outrageous -- a "stunt" -- suggests a real failure to engage in actual political discourse. And I'm not singling you out (Singing in the D.): I think lots of people had/are having a similar response. It shows how conditioned we've become to soundbyte culture, which I think is a great shame.

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Old 30 October 2008, 02:25 AM
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Logoboros, I think that is an excellent analysis. I watched the broadcast, and I think he got a lot of points across in greater depth than can be covered in a shorter campaign ad. I wish his disparagers would watch it, even if they heckle through some of it. If they would really listen, it would dispel a lot of the falsehoods going around about him.
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:28 AM
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Well, in all fairness it is an "ad." It's paid airtime designed to help sell the candidate to as yet undecided voters. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it (I was on the road) - is it/will it be available online? I agree that it's not a "stunt," though - people might tune in out of curiosity, but I doubt that they'd stay tuned for the full half hour if they weren't genuinely interested in the content. Since he's got the money to spend, I applaud Obama for having the stones to try a long-format message on the American public rather than simply flooding the airwaves with catchy soundbites.
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:44 AM
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Here's a link. I had to watch it online, ironically because I was at a training by the Obama campaign for the voter protection program.
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:45 AM
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Well, in all fairness it is an "ad." It's paid airtime designed to help sell the candidate to as yet undecided voters. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it (I was on the road) - is it/will it be available online?
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:59 AM
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Thanks to both of you!
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Old 30 October 2008, 05:47 PM
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Oh, I guess I boycotted without knowing it. When I saw that Obama had taken over the slot for Knight Rider, I decided not to watch. Instead, I caught up on the stuff still on TiVo.
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Old 30 October 2008, 06:05 PM
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No need for me to watch. He's already got my vote unless he says something really stupid.
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Old 30 October 2008, 06:09 PM
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No need for me to watch. He's already got my vote unless he says something really stupid.
Is there really anything he can say stupid enough make up for McCain and the possibility/probability of Palin becoming Pres. at some point?
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