Thursday, August 17, 2006

YouTube: The new campaign tool
By Charles Hurt
August 17, 2006

Welcome to politics in the age of YouTube.

Founded last year as a way to share personal video clips online, quickly became an Internet sensation. So it was only a matter of time before political campaigns -- and others with a political ax to grind -- began using the Web site to distribute videos, including campaign ads.

This week, the site made one of its biggest splashes with a video of Sen. George Allen referring to an opponent's volunteer, who is of Indian descent, as a "macaca" during a campaign event in southwestern Virginia. A macaca is a Southeast Asian monkey.

That video was one of the most-viewed clip on the site yesterday, with more than 70,000 viewings, according to YouTube. But that video is certainly not the first political footage to be broadcast on YouTube.
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