"This commercial sounds a refrain you’ll hear from Strickland opponents throughout this campaign cycle: That Strickland single-handedly tanked the state economy. That’s a vast oversimplification," reports the Columbus Dispatch about this ad sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Many of the factors Strickland faced were beyond his control, reports the paper-- "for example, the housing market’s collapse and the banking scandal nationwide were unrelated to him." Also, "Strickland did spend down the rainy day fund, bringing it from $1 billion to 89 cents. But he did so to balance the state’s budget, as required by the state Constitution." Finally, "Neither Strickland nor Portman, meanwhile, can argue that they had a direct hand in passing or opposing Obamacare. That bill wasn’t passed until 2010 — Strickland’s last year as governor, and coincidentally a year when Portman wasn’t yet in the Senate and thus had no vote on the bill. But Portman has consistently verbally opposed the bill, just as Strickland has supported it."
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 […]