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Dust-Up Continues Over Bush's Ads (9/11 Ad-gate bombshell: How Damaging?)
CBS News ^ | Friday, March 5, 2004

Posted on 03/05/2004 12:25:56 PM PST by JohnHuang2

Dust-Up Continues Over Bush's Ads: President Bush’s re-election advertising campaign kicked off yesterday with negative publicity as family members of the victims of September 11 claim that the president is exploiting images of the tragedy for political gain. The 16-state, two-week, $10.5 million barrage of ads includes "Safer, Stronger," which shows pictures of a destroyed World Trade Center and firefighters carrying a flag draped body, and "Tested" which also shows the same images of the WTC. Excerpted--click for full article.

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9/11 Ad-gate bombshell: How Damaging?

In a bombshell controversy that has the media reeling in shock, Democrats -- especially those who have endorsed Sen. John Francois Kerry -- do not approve of President Bush's first campaign commercials (Darn! I had high hopes otherwise), complaining that the TV ads outrageously do not ignore the most important event of this century, the attacks of September 11th, which triggered two wars and has come to define the Bush Presidency itself. And shaped the lives of only 280 million Americans. (Bush should stick with issues the media says Americans really care about -- such as why he missed some Guard drills in Alabama only 31 years ago).

As if mentioning 9/11 was not outrageous enough, the ads cast Bush as a leader, showcasing him in a favorable light and appear to advocate his re-election. Even more outrageous, the spots, which began airing yesterday in 17 key states and on national cable networks, are mostly positive, outlining the President's impressive achievements and plans for the future. More damning still, the ads do not praise Sen. Kerry -- indeed, no mention is made of Sen. Kerry, nor of the fact that Kerry served in Vietnam (Yes, Kerry served in Vietnam. You heard it here first, folks).

But horror erupted in the media over allusion in the ads to 9/11. In one ad, it was the image showing the scorched remains of the World Trade Center. The image drags on for several milliseconds. Then it's on to other subjects. Amid the fury sparked by Bush's scandalous refusal to avoid any mention of 9/11, the deadliest attack in U.S. history, the non-partisan International Association of Fire Fighters Union (which is so non-partisan, it has endorsed Kerry for president), demanded on Thursday that the Bush campaign pull the ads 3 weeks ago. (Why can't Bush be more like Kerry, who never mentions Vietnam, to avoid exploiting war for political purposes?) Meeting in Bal Harbour, Florida, the group, which denies any political motives except to elect Kerry as president, approved a resolution blasting the President, "who doesn't hesitate to exploit 9/11 in his ads, even as he tries to keep 9/11 orphans and widows in the dark about what really happened."

Oh, wait, that was Maureen Dowd on Wednesday -- before the ads began airing. And before the earthshaking controversy over the ads spontaneously 'erupted'. (Move on, nothing to see here; it's just a coincidence).

Amid NO complaints about the ads among 2,970 of the 3,000 9/11 families, a groundswell of 13 or 14 have voiced their outrage that Bush should mention 9/11 this election year. They call it unconscionable that Bush in the ads should mention that our nation recently has faced "Some challenges . . . like no others." Even more abominable and disgraceful, the ad claims "America rose to the challenge." Crossing the line further, the ad asserts "Freedom, faith, families and sacrifice" helped America see through those tough times, when everyone knows it was images of John F. Kerry speaking from the Senate floor, and Sen. Hillary! waving a copy of 'BUSH KNEW!' that soothe America during those dark days. "Clearly the public demands answers immediately," said Hillary! then, rallying America behind her. "I believe that getting the facts out would be the very best response to this troubling mess." Critics demanded a full probe of possible Bush links to al-Qaeda.

Harold Schaitberger, president of I.A.F.F., which non-partisanly supports Kerry, called Bush's referencing 9/11 in the ads disgraceful. (All rights to 9/11 reserved. 9/11 material may not be mentioned, broadcast or written about without the prior explicit consent of Harold Schaitberger. Especially if your name is George W. Bush). He ripped Bush for "trading on the heroism" of firefighters. Bush seems to think 9/11 was an act of war, an attack on all America, rather than a personal, private matter involving only 9/11 families, the firefighters, and al-Qaeda. And, oh, the New York Port Authority, sued for negligence. Presidents need not meddle in people's affairs like that. What an outrage! say critics. For Bush to mention 9/11 this election year is "a slap in the face for the 3,000 murdered people," said widow Monica Gabrielle, party to the lawsuit against the Port Authority. (Why meddle with ordinary murder cases, Mr. Bush? Don't meddle in things that don't concern you!) She also blasted the President for refusing to cooperate fully with the 9/11 commission, because clearly Bush was involved in 9/11. (hmmm, exactly what Maureen Dowd wrote Wednesday. Another coincidence!) Critics charge Bush has "done everything in his power to thwart investigation into the death of 3,000 people." While critics probe for proof linking Bush to al-Qaeda, Bush has done everything in his power to thwart the death of another 3,000 people, beating the crap out of al-Qaeda, killing or capturing two-thirds of al-Qaeda leaders. Democrats and al-Qaeda hotly deny the claim.

Meanwhile, the White House defended the ads, accused of being positive, hopeful, upbeat (and never mentioning that Kerry served in Vietnam!) "Sept. 11th was not just a distant tragedy, it's a defining event for the future of our country," Karen Hughes, key Bush adviser, told CBS's Early Show Thursday. It was outrageous enough for Bush to call Iran, Iraq and North Korea an axis of evil, but Bush appears buoyant about America, leaving Democrats seething.

Bush in recent weeks has seen his approval ratings cascade down to where Reagan's were at this point in his presidency (and we all know what a drubbing Reagan got at the hands of Landslide Mondale that year).

;-)

Anyway, that's...
My Two Cents...
"JohnHuang2"



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Friday, March 5, 2004

Quote of the Day by caisson71

1 posted on 03/05/2004 12:25:57 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ladyinred; Angel; ..
Have a great weekend, y'all. Catch ya soon!
2 posted on 03/05/2004 12:27:27 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Let's put it this way:

President Bush doesn't need a permission slip from the Democrats before he runs his campaign ads.

3 posted on 03/05/2004 12:29:21 PM PST by Enterprise ("Do you know who I am?")
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To: Enterprise
Exactly... and Kerry can go take a hike!
4 posted on 03/05/2004 12:30:43 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: JohnHuang2
The Bush bashing du jour.

First it was the AWOL thing, now this.

What a joke.

5 posted on 03/05/2004 12:32:17 PM PST by veronica ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people." GW Bush 1-20-04)
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To: JohnHuang2
Excellent!

CG
6 posted on 03/05/2004 12:32:23 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (The word "Tagline" needs to be added to Free Republic's Spell Check.)
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To: JohnHuang2
John, I love the way you turn a phrase.
7 posted on 03/05/2004 12:32:28 PM PST by Aeronaut (Peace: in international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.)
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To: JohnHuang2; Carry_Okie; forester; sasquatch; B4Ranch; SierraWasp; hedgetrimmer; knews_hound; ...
Short list.
8 posted on 03/05/2004 12:35:29 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: JohnHuang2
Amid the fury sparked by Bush's scandalous refusal to avoid any mention of 9/11, the deadliest attack in U.S. history, the non-partisan International Association of Fire Fighters Union (which is so non-partisan, it has endorsed Kerry for president), demanded on Thursday that the Bush campaign pull the ads 3 weeks ago.

Is that true? We were wondering about that on another thread, since the reaction was so immediate. If so, how did they get an advance copy 3 weeks before they aired? I smell a Demo-rat trying to pee in our Wheaties...

9 posted on 03/05/2004 12:36:13 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: JohnHuang2
Smacked another one outta the park!
10 posted on 03/05/2004 12:36:15 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: JohnHuang2
It's a preemptive ploy and an attempt to silence the President on talking about 9/11 and his strong stand against terrorism. The ploy will fail. The President and his folks should laugh off this made-up controversy.
11 posted on 03/05/2004 12:36:29 PM PST by plain talk
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To: JohnHuang2
Not damaging at all. The general public knows this is a bunch of election year political BS.
12 posted on 03/05/2004 12:38:35 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: JohnHuang2; All
Cross-linked:

-BUSH TRADE CENTER AD SPARKS CONTROVERSY--Judge for yourself--

13 posted on 03/05/2004 12:38:35 PM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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To: backhoe
Rush said the "reaction" was planted. Seems amazingly coordinated if it wasn't.
14 posted on 03/05/2004 12:40:36 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: JohnHuang2
Excellent job, JH2!
15 posted on 03/05/2004 12:42:19 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of it!!)
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To: JohnHuang2

16 posted on 03/05/2004 12:42:20 PM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: JohnHuang2
9/11 Ad-gate bombshell: How Damaging?

Not at all. Using these images now lets the "furor" over them get spent now. Bush then can continue using the ads all the way to election day.

17 posted on 03/05/2004 12:45:13 PM PST by kevkrom (Ask your Congresscritter about his or her stance on HR 25 -- the NRST)
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To: JohnHuang2
The 'Offended' 911 Group “Peaceful Tomorrows” is funded largely by Teresa Heinz
18 posted on 03/05/2004 12:47:23 PM PST by boxerblues (Included on a lefty hate list! I'll wear it like a badge of honor.)
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To: GailA
"We are going to win this war and win the peace that follows"
19 posted on 03/05/2004 12:47:42 PM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: Enterprise
President Bush doesn't need a permission slip from the Democrats before he runs his campaign ads.

Bring it on!!!

20 posted on 03/05/2004 12:49:01 PM PST by Pharmer (W is the man)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Rush said the "reaction" was planted. Seems amazingly coordinated if it wasn't.

It's no coincidence- when are they going to learn to use different talking points? Sound like a treefull of vengeful parrots

It was on his watch
It was on his watch
This President
This President
Having cookies & milk
Having cookies & milk

21 posted on 03/05/2004 12:51:01 PM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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To: JohnHuang2
LOL!!!!
22 posted on 03/05/2004 12:55:03 PM PST by kb2614 (".....We've done nothing and were all out of ideas!!")
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To: JohnHuang2
These people seem to all be from one group of about 50 family members that are antiwar and anti-Bush.

They have been coached and are from the Blame America School.

23 posted on 03/05/2004 12:55:19 PM PST by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: JohnHuang2
Theresa Heinz funds "Peaceful Tomorrows" group
24 posted on 03/05/2004 1:01:32 PM PST by kevkrom (Ask your Congresscritter about his or her stance on HR 25 -- the NRST)
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To: JohnHuang2

25 posted on 03/05/2004 1:06:58 PM PST by SAMWolf (Wedding: A funeral where you get to smell your own flowers.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Not damaging at all ~ GWB should show the pic of him and the retired fire fighter, with the bull horn, standing the pile of rubble ~ also some pix of his landing on the carrier and celebrating with the crew for their "Job Well Done"!

We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

26 posted on 03/05/2004 1:11:50 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: SAMWolf
Good one!
27 posted on 03/05/2004 1:11:55 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: farmfriend
BTT!!!!!!
29 posted on 03/05/2004 1:32:43 PM PST by E.G.C.
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To: JohnHuang2
The RATS had to have advance knowledge of the ADs, since they had their hypocrites on the media tubes the very same day.

Looks like the media gave the RATS a heads up when they received the ad copies.
30 posted on 03/05/2004 1:34:12 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: JohnHuang2
bumparoni
31 posted on 03/05/2004 1:38:32 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (Indictments against tyranny cited in the Declaration of Independence - Over 27)
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To: Buckhead
"Don't throw me in that briar patch, Br'er Kerry."

Very good observation ~ good job!

32 posted on 03/05/2004 1:38:59 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: backhoe
Rush said the "reaction" was planted. Seems amazingly coordinated if it wasn't.

Had to be. 3 different women (widows of 911,sorry for their loss) on 3 different shows the next day saying almost exactly the same thing. I would like an analysis of the timeline of each of these women. They saw the ads on TV, they got offended, they called different shows, got booked, made travel and hotel arraingments and had remarkably similar statements on three different shows at essentially the same time. All in less than 24 or 48 hours. Sure they did. Without help. Who paid their bills?? Teresa Kerry's foundation perhaps??
33 posted on 03/05/2004 1:39:42 PM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: ravingnutter
This was a "prepped" response.

They knew that Bush would use the 9/11 images sooner or later.
This is a lot like the way the Clinton spin machine worked.
34 posted on 03/05/2004 2:02:03 PM PST by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com)
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To: JohnHuang2; hellinahandcart; Lil'freeper
Good essay.
35 posted on 03/05/2004 2:47:52 PM PST by sauropod (I intend to have Red Kerry choke on his past.)
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To: JohnHuang2
In a bombshell controversy that has the media reeling in shock, Democrats -- especially those who have endorsed Sen. John Francois Kerry do not approve of President Bush's first campaign commercials

Media in shock? Why??? Don't they report and you decide

Besides what is the distinction between "media" and the Democrats???

36 posted on 03/05/2004 3:34:29 PM PST by pfflier
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As a former IAFF career firefighter, I am truly embassessed by the leftist stand taken by the Union. As Mike Moran,the FDNY jake who phoned Rush today, said,"the Union President doesn't represent the views of the rank and file."
37 posted on 03/05/2004 3:46:27 PM PST by capecodderathome
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To: JohnHuang2
Excellent, as always.
38 posted on 03/05/2004 4:09:09 PM PST by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: GailA; JohnHuang2; Miss Marple

1944 Re-election pins for FDR.
Note: "Subtle" use of the "V for Victory" on the 2nd pin.

39 posted on 03/05/2004 4:17:07 PM PST by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
9/11 victims Group called Peaceful Tomorrows - funded by Teresa Heinz!
40 posted on 03/05/2004 4:29:01 PM PST by The Final Harvest (The 2004 Election is for the SOUL of AMERICA)
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To: JohnHuang2
Once again, your insight and humor gives *me* energy.

Thanks.

41 posted on 03/05/2004 6:14:46 PM PST by shetlan (He knows that we are smart enough.)
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To: Buckhead
Don't throw me in that briar patch, Br'er Kerry.

One can only hope that this reaction was expected by Rove and his folks. Knowing what I know of Karl, probably.

43 posted on 03/05/2004 6:28:05 PM PST by lavrenti (I'm not bad...just misunderstood.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Kerry can use Nam but Bush can't use 911?
44 posted on 03/05/2004 6:29:49 PM PST by dalebert
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To: Buckhead
looks like Bush is getting some free media!
45 posted on 03/05/2004 6:31:05 PM PST by votelife (Elect a Filibuster Proof Majority)
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To: Enterprise
President Bush doesn't need a permission slip from the Democrats before he runs his campaign ads.

These people are amazing, aren't they? First, they want to tell Mel Gibson how to make a movie. Next, they try to tell George Bush what kind of commercials he can or can't run. Pathetic!
46 posted on 03/05/2004 6:39:35 PM PST by Antoninus (Federal Marriage Amendment NOW!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Rush said the "reaction" was planted. Seems amazingly coordinated if it wasn't.

I believe those widows were waiting in the wings, well rehearsed, for the first sign of President Bush refering to 9/11 in his campaign.

Okay, now we've got nine more months of campaigning to go. The public is going to get way tired of hearing the whining about the president referring to 9/11 real soon.

The 'rats jumped the gun with their outrage.

48 posted on 03/05/2004 7:09:34 PM PST by alnick (Pray that God will grant wisdom to American voters.)
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To: boxerblues
The 'Offended' 911 Group “Peaceful Tomorrows” is funded largely by Teresa Heinz

Oh, really? It would be nice if the members of the media would do their jobs and report on this little coincidinky, wouldn't it.

49 posted on 03/05/2004 7:11:47 PM PST by alnick (Pray that God will grant wisdom to American voters.)
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To: WOSG
GW is getting his ad run in all markets for free courtsey of cnn, abc, nbc, msnbc, FNC........got a lot more for his ad dollar. The RATS should have kept their big flaps shut, then it would be in only a few states.
50 posted on 03/05/2004 7:26:28 PM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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