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Joe Klein points out that the newfound anonymity of attack ads, made possible by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows faceless money conglomerates to run ads on a candidate's behalf without the usual "I approved this message," makes for much "more effective and brutal" adverts.

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In the spirit of fostering a more "socialist culture," the Chinese government is banning commercials that interrupt television dramas. Judging by this BBC report, China's TV executives seem much more concerned with lost revenue than with government interference.

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Who says there's no bipartisanship? To the delight of curmudgeons everywhere, the House signed off on a bill that would keep the volume of commercials at or below the level of regular programming. Unless he has completely lost his mind, the president will sign it into law and we can all enjoy pitchmen shouting with their indoor voices.

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As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

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The newspaper thought it was striking a blow for racial tolerance by bemoaning the phenomenon of "sassy, overweight'' black actresses in TV commercials. Instead, it just betrayed its own biases about people of color.

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