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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

McCain's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ads

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What a week for the McCain advertising staff. They've put out four ads this week, and the nonpartisan operation Factcheck.org has called out every single one of them. First, this ad claiming that Obama is trying to "destroy" Governor Palin, an ad which makes use of a quote from Factcheck itself:


Per Factcheck:

They call the ad "Fact Check." It says "the attacks on Gov. Palin have been called 'completely false' ... 'misleading.' " On screen is a still photo of a grim-faced Obama. Our words are accurately quoted, but they had nothing to do with Obama.
If you're going to out Factcheck Factcheck, you better get your facts straight.

Next was the ad that Joe Klein said was one of the sleaziest ads he's ever seen:


You won't see a more direct attempt to exploit the explosive intersection of the two biggest taboos in America: race and sex. Again, Factcheck:
Obama, contrary to the ad's insinuation, does not support explicit sex education for kindergarteners. And the bill, which would have allowed only "age appropriate" material and a no-questions-asked opt-out policy for parents, was not his accomplishment to claim in any case, since he was not even a cosponsor – and the bill never left the state Senate.
Finally, there is the spot just released claiming that Obama is trying to "belittle" Governor Palin:

The worst part of this one is the shot of Obama's clenched jaw overlaid with the scolding narrator's voice: "How disrespectful." Why not throw a "boy" on the end of that for good measure?

Once again, Factcheck:
The new McCain-Palin ad "Lashing Out" begins like an earlier ad we criticized, with its reference to Barack Obama's celebrity, but then goes down new paths of deception. It takes quotes from news organizations and uses them out of context in an effort to portray Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, as unfairly attacking Sarah Palin and making sexist remarks. We've long been a critic of candidates (Obama included) usurping the credibility of independent news organizations and peddling false quotes, and this ad is particularly egregious.
Surely this will backfire?

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