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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.
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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