Thursday, October 28, 2004

He’s even got a twin like me

CNN is hyperventilating over the fact (easily noticed, too - come on, man, get some better graphics guys) that the latest Bush campaign ad, "Whatever It Takes," has one photoshopped background; several soldiers appear multiple times in the clone tool-stamped crowd. Still, it's one shot, out of several cuts between obviously edited-down and processed footage. And it's assembled from multiple occasions and events in the first place. So what does CNN do? They turn to professional DNC hitwoman Donna Brazile, who, in a quite self-satisfied manner, concludes that every Bush ad is full of "bogus content." The only right thing to do is pull them, wear sackcloth and ashes, go about self-flagellating for the next four days, etc etc etc. Now, I'll agree that it was mildly stupid to visibly doctor photos for an ad. But that's a stylistic issue, not one of content. It doesn't change the fact that large crowds of soldiers did repeatedly and respectfully appreciate the president's speeches to them. It doesn't change the content of the ad, nor the remarkably powerful closer: I will never relent in defending America, whatever it takes. D'ye think maybe that's what has Donna Brazile upset?

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