Google ads as a force in elections

"Marketplace" aired a story today that looked at how Google ads were used to good effect by the Scott Brown Senate campaign in Massachusetts. They're cheap, can be targeted to desired readers and showed up when voters googled Martha Coakley, Brown's opponent. "People think Google is a search engine," says Rob Willington, Brown's online strategist. "That's just one part of it. It's the new TV."

Also on the radio: On PRI's The World yesterday, L.A. Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi had a good piece from Shiraz, Iran on a music teacher who is allowed under Islamic law to teach women because he's blind. It ran last December in the Times.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Politics stories on LA Observed:
David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong
Tronc buys (NY) Daily News, La Tuna fire aftermath and more
Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back
Garcetti has weekend date in the Hamptons
Garcetti hitting the road to New Hampshire
LA Confederate monument coming down
LA Observed Notes: Back from vacation and into the fray
Rendon fights for neglected Southeast


LA Observed on Twitter