Friday, February 24, 2006

Commercial controversy flies under the radar

I was unaware of this story until I read a Washington Times editorial yesterday. The Democrat Farm Labor Party of Minnesota is demanding that television stations refuse to continue running a commercial from a group called Midwest Heroes that features members of the military who served in Iraq and family members of fallen soldiers and Marines calling for a successful conclusion to the war. The DFL essentially claims the commerical is "un-American" because it falesly connects the 9/11 attacks to Iraq.

Watch the commerical here and see if you have the same reaction as Brian Melendez, the Minnesota DFL chairman, who said:

Minnesota has the chance to take a stand against this kind of misleading propaganda...Right now, our state is a testing ground for this particular ad, and we can be sure that many more will follow this election season. Minnesota TV stations should pull this ad and send the message that we will not tolerate this kind of swiftboating anymore.

And Laura Bracella, front page editor of AlterNet, who after giving a brief synopsis of the ad, made this recommendation:

Watch for yourself... then feel free to Puke. Rinse. Repeat.

You can read a DFL e-mail concerning the anti-commerical campaign here.

Melendez likes to use "swiftboating" as a verb. It may stir up negative feelings in some, but it's an inspiring verb to me. The Swiftboat vets inserted citizen power as decisively into a presidential campaign that I ever remember seeing. I think this ad falls in the same category. I can't think of any reason a television station wouldn't run it unless it usually cowers to the DFL or is biased against the message.


Blogger Roch101 said...

The ad is replete with inaccuracies and vagaries and puts forth a simple-minded premise that will reinforce the ideological preconceptions of those who don't want to think. But does that mean it should not be allowed to run? No, run it. It says more than its sponsors intend.

Anonymous Glenn said...

To me the most important message of the ad is its spirit. No matter what they say, there are plenty of people out there who agree with it and plenty who do not. It shows people among those most directly connected to the war beleiving the mission is not just about the military. It's not about George Bush either. They see themselves fighting on behalf of the American people in a cause they beleive admirable.

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