Launch Ad Wars in Cyberspace
Millions of computer users have been the targets of a pair of
cyber attacks -- not from any virus or worm, but from the campaigns
of President Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the leading
Democratic presidential candidate. Terence Smith and guests discuss
the strategy of Web-based political ads and the unique advantages
of the Internet for campaign communications.
Regulators Impose Some Limits on Advocacy Groups
Online Report: The Federal Election Commission on Wednesday voted
4-2 to place some restrictions on how non-party political groups
can spend soft money funds, but commissioners postponed a broader
decision until they initiate a formal rule-making process next
Campaign Attacks Kerry Special Interest Record
Online Report: For the first time, President Bush's reelection
campaign directly criticized Democratic presidential candidate
Sen. John Kerry Thursday in a Web video that called the Massachusetts
senator "unprincipled," as both campaigns stepped up
accusations of playing dirty politics.
Tests Internet Voting in Caucuses
Voters in Michigan participated in the largest and most ambitious
Internet voting experiment to date. Of the tens of thousands to
vote in the Democratic caucuses on Saturday, roughly one-third
will cast their ballots over the Internet.
Efforts: Alaska, Arizona Break Internet Voting
Challenges: Technology, Digital Divide Call Into Question
Hopefuls Reach out to Voters in Seven States
With voters in seven states heading to the polls and caucuses
on the same date, many Democratic presidential candidates chose
to leave quaint campaign practices behind in Iowa and New Hampshire
and take to the airwaves. Terence Smith examines the candidates'
latest campaign television commercials.
Step up New Hampshire Ad Campaign
Online Report: Prior to the New Hampshire primary, Democratic
presidential hopefuls deluged the region's TV outlets with advertisements
that portray them as independent-minded candidates who can defeat
Coverage in Iowa
This election season, the broadcast networks are trying new approaches
-- like operating "campaign buses" and "embedding"
reporters -- to minimize costs and maximize their exposure. Terence
Smith goes to Iowa for a closer look at what networks are doing
differently and considers whether more coverage necessarily means
Americans Logging on for Campaign News, Study Finds
Online Report: More people are looking to nontraditional media
sources, such as the Internet and late-night talk shows, for information
about the 2004 presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research
Mania: The Use of Surveys in Journalism
With the onset of the 2004 presidential election, Terence Smith
examines the concerns over news organizations' growing use of
public opinion polls in their reporting.
Terence Smith examines Howard Dean's success at fundraising and
building grassroots support in cyberspace, and how other presidential
candidates are using the Internet and other technologies to their
Terence Smith reviews the differences between regular candidate
ads and the issue ads produced by advocacy groups.
NewsHour Media Watch
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Election Night 2000