Now this is real proper dirty politics

There has been much written about dirty politics, but the reality is that it is all pretty mundane in actual fact.

Most PR practitioners do far worse.

If you want to look at real dirty politics then look at this story from the US.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich finally pulled down a controversial attack ad against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan on Tuesday night, but he’s still in hot water over the episode, threatening to undo some of the momentum the Democrat had generated over the past few months.

The Begich campaign ad featured a retired Anchorage detective standing in front of an apartment building, discussing the murder of two seniors and the sexual assault of their granddaughter — crimes allegedly committed by someone who received a shorter sentence than he should have for a previous offense when Sullivan was the state’s attorney general.   

The ad, which was yanked from the airwaves only after pleas from a lawyer for the family of the victims, touched a nerve. The water could now be muddied on what internal polls and focus groups have shown is one of Begich’s most potent lines of attack against Sullivan.

Sullivan, meanwhile, also pulled down his response ad to the original attack (at the request of the family). And while the Begich spot is no longer on the air, the controversy has sparked an ongoing conversation — leading local newscasts — about Sullivan’s tenure as the state’s attorney general and, specifically, his record on sexual assault.

Begich has been credited with running a top-notch campaign — including lots of praise for his television ads, produced by Mark Putnam — which has put him in a stronger position than any of the other red-state Democrats running for reelection. Republicans hope that his decision to air and then pull what they’re calling a Willie Horton-style ad undercuts that narrative and helps put Alaska more in the mix with Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina.

The crime occurred in 2013. Jerry Active, who is charged with murdering the elderly couple and raping the young girl, had been released from prison after serving four years as part of a plea deal stemming from a 2009 sexual assault.

Now that is dirty politics.

Kind of like Mike Williams flying to Melbourne to dig dirt on John Key.


– Politico

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.