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Monday, June 28, 2004

Who's Worse? 

Who's worse? The person who says something awful, or the person who points out what they said? I've mentioned many times before how I don't watch network news anymore. I happened to be surfing the channels, and saw a teaser on NBC Nightly News about a piece they were going to do about Hitler Ads during campaigning. Knowing what ads they were referring to, I decided to stick around to see how they spun it. I wasn't disappointed. As it turns out, Newsweek has this article on the subject posted on MSNBC's website. The article, and the Nightly News piece are almost identical.

Read the article. It's not surprising that Newsweek and NBC have chosen to spin the article as a "Shame on Bush" piece. Watch the ad. All the ad does is show a montage of Democratic rhetoric and quote Democrats. So why is the attention being pointed to the Bush Campaign? If the Democrats are the one's who originally said this, shouldn't the attention be on them? The first paragraph in the Newsweek article says:

On Friday, Democrats and Republicans went to war over a new Bush reelection campaign ad that uses images of Adolph Hitler in bashing Democrat John Kerry.

This makes it seem as if the Bush campaign initiated it. In fact, an ultra-left wing website MoveOn.org aired an ad comparing Bush to Hitler. It isn't until later in the article that this is revealed.

MoveOn.org, a left-wing political fundraising group, immediately objected. "We never sponsored those [Hitler] ads, we didn't condone them," says Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn PAC.

MoveOn.org keeps saying that it removed the Hitler ad after there were complaints. Why was it there in the first place? The very act of placing the ad on their website condones the ad.

Where is the interview with Al Gore asking why he referred to Republican's as Brown Shirts? Why instead is there a shot of Kerry being outraged over Bush's ad? The fact of the matter is that the Democrats are ashamed of their behavior. They would like simply to be able to shout their rhetoric to their party contributors who are receptive, and have nobody else hear what they say. NBC and Newsweek should not let them get away with this. If you say something in public, even just to your contributors, that's it. It's in the public domain. If you don't want your awful words repeated by people because you are ashamed of them... then how about not saying them in the first place? Are these your beliefs and opinions or aren't they? Is the entire Democratic Party two faced?

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