See the New Full-Page “Seriously Ugly and False Anti-Obama Ad”

Tampa Bay Times political writer Adam Smith has flagged this full-page ad from Sunday’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune—a reliably balanced reporter, he calls it a “seriously ugly and false anti-Obama ad”:

Screenshot courtesy of Sarasota Herald-TribuneAccording to Smith, the ad has also run this month in tiny dailies all over Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It was created by the Government Is Not God Political Action Committee, the 18-year-old soft-money vehicle of religious conservative crusader William Murray (who is the son of famed atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, as well as a big supporter of Todd Akin). It’s hard to say exactly what electoral impact the GINGPAC ad will have, especially since Murray himself came out in the primaries as a Santorum-loving Romney-resister:

By the way, Murray—who lists his favorite books as the King James Bible and the Annapolis Book of Seamanship—is not a Texan; he hails from Maryland and the District of Columbia. This is what he sounds like when not wearing a cowboy hat and pandering to Lone Star staters:

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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