mitt romney en Vandy Researcher Defends Political Attack Ads <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; If you find yourself punching the mute button on your TV remote every time a political attack-ad comes on, a Vanderbilt researcher wants you to know they do serve a useful purpose.</p><p>Dr. John Greer, Chairman of the Vanderbilt Political Science Department, delivered a lecture here on the Middle Tennessee State Campus yesterday concerning his attack-ad research.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:33:09 +0000 Mike Osborne 17094 at Vandy Researcher Defends Political Attack Ads Burriss on Media: Big Bird <p>I have to start with a confession or disclosure or whatever the politically correct term is: I have personally met both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Not just some quick meet-and-greet, but some real, honest-to-goodness, hang-out-together time.<br><br> Well, maybe it was only four or five hours. And I really don’t think they remember when and where and why we met. But I do, and I have the pictures to prove it.<br><br> So when I heard that presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to fire my good friend Big Bird, well, you can understand why I was so upset.<br> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:42:05 +0000 Dr. Larry Burriss 16498 at Burriss on Media: Big Bird JUST ONE QUESTION: Chris Sanders, Tenn. Equality Project <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Barak Obama and presidential challenger Mitt Romney are spending the day preparing for their first debate, scheduled for Wednesday night.</p><p>President Barack Obama is in Henderson, Nev., for a strategy run-through ahead of the debate in Denver.</p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to spend most of Tuesday in debate prep at a Denver hotel.</p><p>As the debate season gets underway, WMOT News is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:05:17 +0000 AP/WMOT 16329 at Political Whodunit Puts Spotlight on Williamson County <p>WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A political whodunit has the national media focused on Williamson County.</p><p>The Secret Service was in Franklin Thursday investigating claims that someone burglarized a PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting office there&nbsp;and stole two decades' worth of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.</p><p>Authorities are studying computer thumb drives that were delivered with an unusual demand: a $1 million payment in hard-to-trace "Bitcoin" internet currency.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:36:38 +0000 AP/WMOT 15437 at 2012 Tenn. Campaign Fundraising Recalls '04 Election <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; If fundraising is any indication, Tennesseans will cast their votes in this fall&rsquo;s presidential elections much as they did in 2008.</p><p>Republican John McCain picked up all eleven of Tennessee&rsquo;s electoral delegates that year with just under 57 percent of the vote. Roughly 42 percent of Tennessee voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:18:51 +0000 Mike Osborne 13176 at