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Old Man Joe Hallett Doesn’t Understand the Internets

April 20, 2010 at 8:10 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From a Joe Hallett “news article” in The Dispatch:

Around the time last month that federal agents arrested eight members of a Michigan militia for allegedly plotting murder and anarchy, an ad for the Republican candidate for Ohio governor appeared on the Northern Michigan Backyard Protection Militia website.

Why would John Kasich buy ad space at that moment, on a site that surely put him in unwanted company, in a state where nobody can vote for him?

The answer: He didn’t – or, to be more precise, he did not intend to.

“We didn’t and we wouldn’t target a site like this,” said Rob Nichols, spokesman for the Kasich campaign.

The ad – a click-on video featuring Kasich and his running mate, Mary Taylor – was placed on the Michigan militia site by Google, which is aggressively seeking to increase its share of political advertising dollars during this year’s midterm elections.

The Kasich campaign, perhaps taking a page from Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s successful playbook last year, is investing heavily in online advertising, viewing Google as an emerging tool for focusing ads on groups of voters.

This is beyond stupid. Google ads also advertises all sorts of crazy stuff on my site, based on what it thinks is relevant. I’ve seen ads on my site for Democrats… Does that mean I support Democrats? of course not. In fact, the ad placement was probably more about geography, and someone visiting the militia website from a computer outside Ohio would certainly not see the ad.

And it should be up to Google to not allow advertisements on such websites.

My question is, why is Joe Hallett hanging around on militia websites? The answer is he is not, and this is some stupid story fed to him by the Strickland campaign… It’s so weak that it doesn’t have Sandy Theis’ distinct stench on it, but it’s a nice headline of “KASICH’S CAMPAIGN AD LANDS ON MILITA SITE” (OH MY GOSH JOHN’S GONNA KILL SOMEBODY!!!!!!!!)  regardless.

Joe, my advice is to turn off the computer. You don’t know what you’re doing. Just stick to your slide rule and/or abacus.

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