laupäev, juuni 26, 2004


I just recieved my daily John Kerry fundraising email:

Yesterday, the Bush-Cheney campaign, losing any last sense of decency, placed a disgusting ad called "The Faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party" as the main feature on its website. Bizarrely, and without explanation, the ad places Adolf Hitler among those faces.

The Bush-Cheney campaign must pull this ad off of its website. The use of Adolf Hitler by any campaign, politician or party is simply wrong.

Good for them. It's a stupid, incoherent ad and Bush deserves to take a hit over it.

The ad is here.

Now, this has been bouncing around the internet for a couple of days. The Hitler pictures in question are from the two Moveon.org contest entries never endorsed or aired by anyone that compared Bush to Hitler. In the Bush ad, they just pop up next to John Kerry and Dick Gephardt and if you watch closely, you may notice that the Moveon.org logo appears at the end for one. Some on right have called this a manufactured controversy. They may be right. But you reap what you sow, bitches.

Perhaps the most ridiculous manufactured controversy of this election cycle was the RNC movement to get those Hitler ads into the mainstream media as somehow representing Moveon.org. It was an amazingly dishonest argument and the fact that the media let them get away with it is probably one of the strongest pieces of evidence against liberal media bias. I'll admit, this Bush ad does not seem to intend to equate Kerry to Hitler. It isn't entirely obvious, but the point is that Bush's critics are mean, or something. But it is incredibly decietful to include the Hitler ads in the first place. And especially to present them as representing Moveon.org, as the ad attempts to do. That's a lie, plain and simple. And it's presented so poorly that Kerry can claim Bush is trying to equate him with Hitler. And I have to say, that probably is the subliminal intent of it. Because those ads have no place there otherwise. None whatsoever. They represent no one. Bush is suggesting they do and that is a lie. So I say good for the Kerry campaign. Get the word out, go on TV, go everywhere you can and claim Bush is comparing you to Hitler.

Update: More on this over at Pandagon.

In response to the Bush campaign response linked to there, I ask when did the Bush campaign denounce:

The New York Post and others comparing Michael Moore to Nazi propagandists
Michael Savage calling Bill Clinton's book Mein Kampf
Bill O'Reilly calling Michael Moore, Al Franken, and liberal celebrities Nazis
Many, many Bush supporters calling Hillary Clinton Hitlery
Many Republicans comparing Bill Clinton to Hitler
Republicans comparing John Kerry to Hitler
Ralph Peters calling Howard Dean supporters "brownshirts"
Everything Ann Coulter has ever said

If you want to hold candidates responsible for every word uttered by their supporters, you know what John Kerry's going to say: Bring it on.

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