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Sunday, August 9, 2009

2004 Ad Depicted President Bush as Adolf Hitler; No Democrat Outrage - Video 2004


Via Gateway Pundit

UPDATED 8/16/09: Several readers have brought to my attention that this ad was created as part of a MoveOn.Org contest, but was not sanctioned by MoveOn.org. After further investigation I have confirmed that information to be accurate. The ad was removed from their website after it was discovered, and they repudiated the content of it. We apologize for the mistake, but did honestly believe it was a Moveon.org ad at the time it was posted. The end of the video says "Sponsored by Moveon.org." But apparently, the creators of the ad simply put that there without any official sanctioning or sponsorship from Moveon.org. Below is part of a Fox News account on the story from 2004:

"The ad in question used a tape recording of the Nazi leader speaking while it showed images of Hitler and German military prowess during World War II. At the end of the ad, a photo of Bush raising his hand to take the oath of office is seen. . . .

MoveOn.org spokesman Trevor Fitzgibbon said, "we had no idea the Hitler thing even existed."

The group, which claims to have a network of about 2 million online activists, said that the ad comparing Bush to Hitler was one of the 1,512 submissions from the general public submitted as part of a campaign called Bushin30seconds.com.

MoveOn.org claims the ad was not submitted by an organization and was ultimately removed from the Web site. MoveOn.org noted that the "Hitler" comparison was not among the 15 finalists that are now viewable on the Web.

MoveOn.org released a statement on Monday, saying neither that ad nor another one portraying Hitler and Bush was their ad, "nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by MoveOn.org Voter Fund. They will not appear on TV. We do not support the sentiment expressed in the two Hitler submissions."

MoveOn.org noted that those ads were voted down by the group's members and the public, who submitted nearly 3 million critiques while choosing the 15 finalist entries.

"We agree that the two ads in question were in poor taste and deeply regret that they slipped through our screening process," the statement said. "In the future, if we publish or broadcast raw material, we will create a more effective filtering system."

As a result, I have removed "MoveOn.Org" from the headline, and mentions of it from the text below. I am leaving the ad posted because it represents the way some on the Left vilified President George W. Bush without virtually any outrage from the Left.

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Here is video of a 2004 ad that blatantly compared President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. The ad was created in opposition to the War in Iraq.

Yet, when conservatives today draw parallels to Obama's attempt to get citizens to spy and "rat" on one another and what Hitler did in Germany to get citizens there to report opposition to him, the Left goes crazy.

The difference? Iraq was an invasion designed to depose a dictator and free millions of people from tyranny, as well as remove a man who was constant threat to the United States - nothing like what Hitler did.

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8 comments:

Thed Weller August 16, 2009 at 9:18 AM  

i think the difference is that the current administration has yet to "do" much to earn a comparison... the last administration has a proven history of some questionable policy. Not saying that the current administration won't have it's own "questionable practices" but it's not even been a year in office yet. In 2004, Bush had 4 years under his belt.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 1:33 PM  

This was not a MoveOn ad. It was a contest submission by someone else that attracted over 1,500 submissions and this one was immediately removed and never used by MoveOn but is being used HERE. The only ones using it were Bush supporters!! MoveOn had no more control over that ad then they have over anything you or I say. It was not their ad, and it is not honest to say that it was.

Diogenes August 16, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

Anon, you're just trying to silence rightwingnuts in their criticism of all things Obama. If they're required to be HONEST in the things they say.... they'll be awfully quiet. *cricket chirps*

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM  

SHAME on you - once again not checking your facts.

From MM:
As Media Matters for America has previously noted, the ads to which Gillespie referred were not created by MoveOn.org; they were submitted for a contest held by MoveOn.org. As the nonpartisan Columbia Journalism Review's website The Campaign Desk noted in its "Distortion" column, while "at least one [ad] was posted briefly on the organization's website ... MoveOn quickly removed it and disassociated itself from the offending ads."

BrianinMO August 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM  

You may be right that MoveOn.org decided not to run with the ad. I really do not know. But I know that at the end of the ad itself, it says "Sponsored by MoveOn.org." That's why I called it a "MoveOn.org ad. The way they demonized President Bush day after day, the ad is certainly in keeping with their attitude about him.

Panglos August 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

Paraphrasing BrianinMO:

If somebody creates an ad and adds "Sponsored by MoveOn.org" to the end of it, that means it actually was sponsored by MoveOn.org. Moreover, it's all right to lie, as long as the lie is "in keeping with" what my beliefs and perceptions.

BrianinMO August 16, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

Panglos,
That's not what I believe Panglos. I honestly believed the ad was from MoveOn.Org because of the tag at the end of the video.

Upon further investigation, I stand corrected. Below I have quoted an article I found at Fox News that confirms that it was created as part of a Moveon.Org contest, but was repudiated by Moveon.Org after an uproar was created when it was found on their website.

I do try very much to be accurate in what is posted here, and I will change the headline and post the information below.

Here is information I found on the ad as it was submitted in 2004:


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,107426,00.html

"The ad in question used a tape recording of the Nazi leader speaking while it showed images of Hitler and German military prowess during World War II. At the end of the ad, a photo of Bush raising his hand to take the oath of office is seen. . . .

MoveOn.org spokesman Trevor Fitzgibbon said, "we had no idea the Hitler thing even existed."

The group, which claims to have a network of about 2 million online activists, said that the ad comparing Bush to Hitler was one of the 1,512 submissions from the general public submitted as part of a campaign called Bushin30seconds.com.

MoveOn.org claims the ad was not submitted by an organization and was ultimately removed from the Web site. MoveOn.org noted that the "Hitler" comparison was not among the 15 finalists that are now viewable on the Web.

MoveOn.org released a statement on Monday, saying neither that ad nor another one portraying Hitler and Bush was their ad, "nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by MoveOn.org Voter Fund. They will not appear on TV. We do not support the sentiment expressed in the two Hitler submissions."

MoveOn.org noted that those ads were voted down by the group's members and the public, who submitted nearly 3 million critiques while choosing the 15 finalist entries.

"We agree that the two ads in question were in poor taste and deeply regret that they slipped through our screening process," the statement said. "In the future, if we publish or broadcast raw material, we will create a more effective filtering system."

BrianinMO August 16, 2009 at 3:38 PM  

The post has been updated to reflect the correction. Thank you to readers for bringing this to our attention.

We may disagree on most issues with those on the Left, but it is our desire to be accurate on such matters. We do appreciate the help of our readers.

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