An opposing politician’s gaffe, attack, flip-flop or substantive speech as aired on TV can support long-term opposition research projects and create an immediate opportunity for your campaign to counterattack or use as fodder within the news cycle – but only if you have complete and accurate source material. In order to be most credible, your outreach should include reference to the complete context of the video you are pointing out or responding to along with your message. In addition, in order to prepare your candidate for the inevitable questions surrounding the competitor’s statement, providing him or her with original video and audio, as-broadcast and in near-real-time can make your candidate appear to be totally on top of what is being said, by whom and in what context.
In today’s world of social media, twitter and blogs, it’s easy to forget that often the primary source of opposition research material is video that airs on local television. TV cameras are almost always rolling at the campaign stops, stump speeches and events held by candidates for statewide and national political office. In addition to broadcast television local affiliate and network coverage, cable TV cameras often record candidates as they move through a campaign day. In addition to professional video, these TV outlets often air video recorded by citizens themselves. Much of this footage airs only once during a broadcast day, while some of it becomes grist for the news cycle and is repeated endlessly.
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