CaneBrain, on Friday, February 3rd, 2012, 9:52 PM, said:
And instead we just added a few billionaires to the equation. You have not gained any means. And the Gary johnson's of the world have an even more of an uphill battle to climb. If you think this has somehow balanced out the MSM, you are being beyond naive. All it's done is give billionaires more power.Casting this as a free speech issue is hilarious. I'd love to see where Gary Johnson said 22 billionaires making negative ads (that just swung FL in a week) is a triumph of free speech. Getting rid of crony capitalism just got a lot harder. Any argument that it didn't is an outright lie.
Look at Ron Paul. He's not a billionaire, and the MSM hates him. Without the ability of lots of people to spend lots of money supporting his message, we STILL would not have heard of him. He is around because of the ability of people and groups to pool their money to help him get his message out. The MSM, which you seem to trust to do the job, is STILL putting out headlines like "Romney wins first, Gingrich third, Santorum fourth". No, I will not sit around and hope your pals at MSNBC finally realize the folly of their insane policy prescriptions or pay attention to someone other than official party approved candidates. I want a chance to be heard, too.Having 100 millionaires get their message out is better than having two or three billionaire media owners dictate the message.As for "negative" ads, there was a university study that measured content in negative vs positive ads, and the negative ads had many times more information per minute than the positive ads. If you think about it, you'll see it's true. A typical positive ad: "Nobody loves America like Candidate A. He loves America so much he cries just thinking about it. He will make the American dream come true." A typical negative ad: "Candidate B sponsored a bill that would allow police to kill the homeless people for no reason. He supported a bill that gave $1M to the company that employed him for the last 4 years before he took office."Yeah, I'll take the negative ads, thanks.