Meet Catherine Cortez Masto. Hardworking taxpayers paid her lots of money to be their attorney general. She jetsets to conferences at luxurious resorts paid for by special interests. And outsourced her work to high-priced D.C. lawyers. The firm made millions. What did she get from them? Campaign cash. These contracts were called one of the dirtier aspects of politics. Cortez Masto. Another special-interest politician. Freedom Partners Action Fund is responsible for the content of this advertising.
The Political TV Ad Archive collected and, using innovative open source technology, tracked airings of political ads in key markets the 2016 election cycle.
The collection also linked ads to fact-checks by national fact-checking organizations. In addition to tracking airings across key primary states, the collection includes ads that may air elsewhere or exclusively on social media.
by Katie Donnelly Over the past extremely unpredictable election year, the Internet Archive invented new methods and tools to give journalists, researchers, and the public the power to access, scrutinize, share, and thoroughly fact-check political ads, presidential debates, and TV news broadcasts. Our efforts were designed to help citizens better understand the patterns of political messages designed to persuade them […]
Guest post by Kalev Leetaru Today the Internet Archive announces a new interactive timeline visualization–the Television Explorer–that lets you trace how any keyword–think “emails”, “tax returns”, “alt-right”–has been covered on U.S. television news over the past half-decade. See the Television Explorer, a new tool for exploring TV News. Over the past year and a half, the GDELT Project and the Internet […]