Dispatches from the TV Archive Team

Clinton and Trump’s final political ads focus on character

In these final days of the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been doubling down on ads that focus on strengths in their own characters and records and deficiencies in each other’s, according to a search of political ads airing in key battleground state markets tracked by the Political TV Ad Archive. Despite all the fracas in the news, […]

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When it quacks like a political ad, but the Federal Election Commission doesn’t think so

When the Internet Archive celebrated its 20th birthday last week, longtime journalist Kathy Kiely, currently of, was there to talk about why the Political TV Ad Archive helps her do her job–and why it has value for anybody who wants to become more educated about “who is trying to buy your vote.” It’s worth watching her entire presentation; at 27:09, […]

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Trump’s refusal to state he’ll accept election results most clipped in cable TV news

Updated October 26, 2016. The big TV cable news during the day following the final presidential debate in Las Vegas on October 19 was Trump’s statement that he is not yet certain whether he will accept the results of the November 8 election. “I will tell you at the time,” Trump said in response to the moderator, Chris Wallace of FOX News. “I will […]

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