Thursday, September 11, 2008

CBS takes down McCain webad, suggests it's 'misleading'.

I pointed out yesterday that YouTube had removed McCain's lipstick ad giving as it's reason:

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS Interactive Inc.
It now transpires that CBS have requested that the ad be removed because of the quote from Katie Couric which CBS acknowledges was used in a "misleading" way.

YouTube has removed a webad that casts Sarah Palin as the victim of sexism on the request of CBS, whose anchor Katie Couric was featured in the ad.

“One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life," Couric is quoted in the ad.

In the original clip, which aired months before Palin entered the race, Couric was talking about Hillary Clinton. The ad applies her words to Palin.

Asked about the ad, CBS spokeswoman Leigh Farris said, "CBS News does not endorse any candidate in the Presidential race. Any use of CBS personnel in political advertising that suggests the contrary is misleading."

"Misleading" is actually far too polite a term for what the McCain camp have done with this ad. It really is the slimiest and most dishonest thing I have ever seen. It is the ultimate proof that McCain will literally say or do anything to get his hands on the presidency.

Only the most wilfully ignorant amongst us could pretend that they believed Obama was talking about Palin when he mentioned "lipstick on a pig". This is sheer political theatre of the very worst kind; it is, as Obama called it, a manufactured outrage.

CBS are actually calling the McCain camp out on this and stating that this advert is "misleading". That's polite talk for a gross lie. Indeed, the very way in which they stitch the three totally separate incidents together leaves one in no doubt that they are totally aware of the lie which they are manufacturing.

I am all for Obama attempting to run a campaign that avoids sinking into the kind of shameless skulduggery which McCain is indulging in, but I also think it is necessary to call a lie a lie when that is what it is.

McCain and Palin are lying their heads off and apparently doing so with impunity. This needs to stop. They need to be called out as what they are. They are liars. And the McCain camp has made it very clear that they are lying because at this point in a campaign the truth matters less than establishing a theme.

If the MSM media did their job properly McCain and Palin wouldn't have the nerve to attempt what they are doing, they would fear being laughed at and becoming figures of public ridicule.

It is a testament to how badly the MSM do their job that these two can spread this duplicity - and do so on national television - without fear of rebuke.

Is there no-one in the MSM who is going to call these two liars to account? Instead we are left with this:

That's not political coverage, that's hitting the bottom of the pond to muddy the water and avoid the fact that the Republicans have no policies. This shit suits the Republicans because it's false outrage and it avoids talking about what actually matters to voters.

This appears to me to be what always happens during US elections, it's this kind of crap which allows the Republicans to con people into voting against their own economic interests. It's utterly shameful. And so is McCain for running this utterly dishonest advert. I'll never again view him as a man of honour. Because this shameful and dishonest ad shows that he's not.

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