Pimping the soldiers with Photoshop (video)

Web ads are already fairly low on the ethical ladder -- a ladder not so tall to begin with. But the RNC's latest is a Photoshopped piece of Reefer Madness-quality propaganda.

John Dickerson describes the commercial:


Dean says the war in Iraq can't be won; Boxer says withdrawal should start after the Iraqi election; and Kerry says U.S. soldiers shouldn't be "terrorizing kids and children, you know, women." Then the camera pans back, and we learn that we've been watching these clips over the shoulder of a U.S. soldier dressed in desert camouflage, his service rifle strapped to his back. Candy canes hang on the wall just above the screen, which flashes the message: "Our soldiers are watching and our enemies are too."
Except that's not what the soldier was watching. In fact, the soldier couldn't have been as the image is 2-years-old.

No, the soldier was actually watching, appropriately enough, How the Grinch Stole Christmas [VIDEO].

Dickerson points out that this isn't the first time the RNC has doctored ads to lie to America. The last time they made it seem as though there were more soldiers intently listening to the president at a talk than there really were -- a pathetic thing to have to fake when you think about it.

Before pointing out how each statement has been carefully removed from its context, he writes: "The RNC is pimping a mute and unnamed soldier not just to defend the Iraq war but to imply that Democrats are white-handkerchief-waving cowards who want the United States to lose." A powerful comment even if it does reinforce the frame rather well...

I'd like an investigation into whether the RNC purchased the copy of Photoshop used to create the ad.
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