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COVID and political fatigue inspired 'lighter, comedic' Super Bowl ads

From a commercial featuring a virtual assistant reading the thoughts of comic Colin Jost and his wife, actress Scarlett Johansson, to a potato chip ad featuring Seth Rogan marrying a zombie, many advertisers took a lighter tone for spots during Super Bowl Sunday. ... Read more»

FCC’s plan for fixing its political ads transparency site? It won’t say

When the FCC passed a rule earlier this year to require TV stations to post political ad buying information online, public interest groups welcomed the policy as a means to get an unprecedented look at how billions of campaign dollars flow around the country.... Read more»

Republicans vote to block transparency on political ads

A bill ordering that no funds to be used to implement the disclosure rule on political ads passed the subcommittee Wednesday. ... Read more»

Broadcasters must post political ad data online

The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 this morning to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the Web, making it easier for the public to see how as much as $3.2 billion will be spent on TV advertising in this election. ... Read more»

Broadcasters make last-ditch push to hide political ad data

With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.... Read more»

Factcheck: Dueling economic ads

A conservative group's ad makes the rise in unemployment under President Obama appear worse than it actually is. And in a counter-attack ad, a liberal group offers its spin on GOP economic plans. (with video)... Read more»

Analysis

‘Bailout’ baloney: Serving up loaded word to spin public

This campaign season, "bailout" is a dirty — and often misused — word. Those who abuse the word "bailout" aren't appealing to logic, or trying to describe what they oppose accurately. They are seeking to trigger a gut response in an audience inclined to recoil instinctively at the word, and hoping nobody stops to think or ask questions.... Read more»