In the US political system there have been campaigns against and for certain candidates, and this goes back to the first Presidential Elections, where both sides used to have editors of newspapers write slanderous stories on opponents and glowing stories on the candidate they support. This has been well documented in many of the biopics on the Founding Fathers and on many historical books covering the American Revolution and the first few Presidencies, yet this concept had to have come from somewhere. It seems rather advanced to have only been invented in America, does this have roots in the English Parliamentary system? Was it imported from France? Many of the Founding Fathers spent time in Europe so it would not surprise me that they were influenced from this during their times abroad.
Are there any sources on where this would have come from?