YouTube politics: Unregulated medium is hazard for pols

Operatives: “It doesn’t get any better than catching a candidate in a lie and then posting it so millions of people can see it.

Another game of YouTube gotcha!

The Boston Herald reports that operatives of Mass. Republican gubenatorial candidate Kerry Healy posted on the video site footage of Democratic opponent Chris Gabrieli trying to glad-hand commuters and getting rebuffed. They set the video to audio of Gabrieli telling a radio host that “tons of them (commuters) came up to me and were excited and energized.”

“It doesn’t get any better than catching a candidate in a lie and then posting it so millions of people can see it,” said Healey spokesman Tim O’Brien.

Since political communication on the net is unregulated, political hacks are having a field day with the new opportunties.

Paul Watanabe, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, said the Internet “is proving to be both the beauty and the bane of modern politics.”

“Since it is a highly unregulated medium, the opportunities for mischief are great,” said Watanabe, adding that some viewers may not be able to separate the spoofs from reality.