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Fake Wilson Campaign Ad
This sounds like it might be a case of "black propaganda":

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Thursday condemned a fake campaign ad circulating under his name that implies President Barack Obama is a communist...
The 30-second ad begins with a clip of President Barack Obama's speech to students on the first day of school this year. Red-colored text scrolls across the screen that says "Community Activist," a message that morphs into "Communist Activity."
The image then changes from Obama to clips of Red Army parades featuring infantrymen, tanks, and rockets...

The end of the ad contains Wilson's campaign logo and says "paid for by Joe Wilson for Congress."

Categories: Politics
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 06, 2009
Comments (1)
Somewhat ironically the video's been pulled due "use violations".
So, did it really happen? Or was it a hoax of a hoax. Without the original video I can't tell. And just have to believe (or not) the assertions of Rep Wilson.

Which leads to the question. Should "bad/fake/misleading" ads be sent to the waste bin? On the "No" answer side of that question is the idea that when the bias (or "incorrectness") of the ad is explained people can see it for themselves. Another "No" answer is that these ads do their "dirty" work and then once removed, it's hard to say how "bad" they were. And I reckon this leaves the way open for more similar type ads to shock and scare only to be pulled, in time for the next ad.
On the "yes, bin them" side is the obvious wrongness/illegality etc.

I really must get out more... smirk
Posted by Joel B1  in  Hobart, Tasmania  on  Sun Nov 08, 2009  at  01:12 AM
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