Fifty years ago tonight, the most famous political attack ad of all time was broadcast in the United States during the 1964 Presidential election. The 1964 "Daisy" ad used by the Democrats to re-elect President Lyndon Johnson against right -wing Republican Barry Goldwater- a year after the United States and the Soviet Union (Russia Today) almost blew up each other and civilization to bits with nuclear weapons during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The ad was broadcast one time only during a September 7, 1964, telecast of David and Bathsheba on The NBC Monday Movie. It was immediately pulled since it frightened people so much with its depiction of an atomic explosion.
Barry Goldwater, said some very hawkish things during the campaign that could be construed as not fearing nuclear war. He turned out to be a leading pro-gay rights Republican Senator when he returned to the Senate later in life. He famously said this in a Washington Post interview in 1994 and urged that LGBT people be able to serve in the U.S. Military before it became politically popular.
"The big thing is to make this country, along with every other country in the world with a few exceptions, quit discriminating against people just because they're gay. You don't have to agree with it, but they have a constitutional right to be gay".
This ad helped President Johnson (a great American President for Civil Rights and Social Justice -- who made a bad decision in the Vietnam War) totally destroy Goldwater in a landslide in the 1964 election. Take a look and see how damaging television can be in politics.
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