Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Anti-War Group Revives 'Daisy' Ad
AP via Lycos.com ^ | 01/15/2003

Posted on 01/15/2003 5:25:00 PM PST by GeneD

Revisiting a jarring television commercial from the Cold War era, a grass-roots anti-war group has remade the 1964 "Daisy" ad, warning that a war against Iraq could spark nuclear Armageddon.

Like the original, the 30-second ad by the Internet-based group MoveOn.org depicts a girl plucking petals from a daisy -- along with a missile launch countdown and a nuclear mushroom cloud.

The original ad was produced by President Johnson's campaign to paint his Republican rival, Barry Goldwater, as an extremist who might lead the United States to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The ad created such negative reaction that it was pulled after only one showing, but Johnson went on to a landslide victory.

MoveOn.org released its version to the media Wednesday and was to air the ad Thursday in 12 major U.S. cities at a cost of $400,000.

Its ad includes scenes of military escalation before the mushroom cloud appears. Then the screen goes black, with a warning that a war might end quickly -- or it might spread to other countries and end with "the unthinkable."

The ad ends with the message: "Maybe that's why the overwhelming majority of Americans say to President Bush: Let the inspections work."

MoveOn.org's leaders hope the ad will persuade more Americans to oppose a military solution in Iraq.

"We wanted to run an ad that would highlight that very real possibility (of nuclear war) and help encourage a national discussion," said Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org's international campaign director.

Some media experts were skeptical the ad would sway public opinion.

"It's more of a news ad designed to get media attention," said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the dean of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Barbara O'Connor, director of California State University's Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media, added that viewers may tune out the horrific images.

MoveOn.org, founded in San Francisco in 1998 to lobby against the impeachment of President Clinton, also has organized an online signature campaign against the war, and last month spent more than $300,000 on newspaper ads urging President Bush to avoid war.

Another version of the Daisy ad aired toward the end of the 2000 presidential campaign. Funded by an anonymous group, it accused the Democratic Clinton-Gore administration of giving away nuclear technology to China in exchange for campaign contributions. The ad was pulled the day it began airing at the request of Republican candidate George W. Bush's campaign.

___

On the Net:

http://www.moveon.org


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; barrygoldwater; billlegacyclinton; coldwar; elipariser; georgewbush; iraq; lyndonbjohnson; saddamhussein

1 posted on 01/15/2003 5:25:00 PM PST by GeneD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: All

Donate Here By Secure Server

Or mail checks to
FreeRepublic , LLC
PO BOX 9771
FRESNO, CA 93794
or you can use
PayPal at Jimrob@psnw.com

Become A Monthly Donor
STOP BY AND BUMP THE FUNDRAISER THREAD

2 posted on 01/15/2003 5:25:32 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
Its a good think LBJ kept us out of Vietnam like he promised,huh?
3 posted on 01/15/2003 5:31:10 PM PST by AdamSelene235
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
Maybe someone can bring back the Reagan "There's a bear in the woods..." ad.
4 posted on 01/15/2003 5:32:23 PM PST by Hugin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
Moveon.com is very similar to the ACLU. If there's a totalitarian element or issue to be debated, they'll side with the totalitarians every single time.
5 posted on 01/15/2003 5:42:54 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD; marron; Grampa Dave
MoveOn.org released its version to the media Wednesday and was to air the ad Thursday in 12 major U.S. cities at a cost of $400,000.... and last month spent more than $300,000 on newspaper ads urging President Bush to avoid war.

That's a good chunk of cash for some ads. Who's laundering the money through this group, Hussein? Saudis?

6 posted on 01/15/2003 5:53:58 PM PST by Shermy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdamSelene235
What was the joke in '65? "They told me if I voted for Goldwater we'd end up in a horrendous war, and I did, and we are?" Something like that.
7 posted on 01/15/2003 5:54:00 PM PST by Argus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Argus
They told me that if I voted for Goldwater, we’d have a war in Southeast Asia, civil and racial unrest, and a ruined economy. I went ahead and voted for him anyway, and it turned out they were absolutely right.
8 posted on 01/15/2003 5:56:11 PM PST by AdamSelene235
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Shermy
A great question here:

MoveOn.org released its version to the media Wednesday and was to air the ad Thursday in 12 major U.S. cities at a cost of $400,000.... and last month spent more than $300,000 on newspaper ads urging President Bush to avoid war.

That's a good chunk of cash for some ads. Who's laundering the money through this group, Hussein? Saudis?

You know that it is not the renta mob and the old burnt out hippies who raised that money that fast!

9 posted on 01/15/2003 5:59:23 PM PST by Grampa Dave (advertisement)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
The original anti-Goldwater ad was run only once, because of the backlash against it. Then Mondale ran a similar ad with similar intent, which at the end showed a silo's blast doors fly open and a Titan missile rise into the sky. The final image was "space ship Earth," the blue ball of our planet in the black void of space.

The idea of the ad was that people would fear Reagan as a "war-monger." As I wrote at the time, some ads convey the exact opposite message as their makers intended. What would Joe Six-Pack think when he saw that ad? I suggested that his reaction would be, "Look at that baby fly! Is this a great nation, or what?"

Never mind whatever ads the anti-war clowns run. They only will demonstrate, again, that they are "world-class clymers."

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest column for UPI, "Ping-Pong Reporting" (Not yet on UPI wire, or FR.)

As the politician formerly known as Al Gore has said, Buy my book, "to Restore Trust in America"

10 posted on 01/15/2003 6:16:10 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
In my convoluted logic, if the peacenicks are afraid that the war would escalate to the point where the Iraqis would use nukes, then that would mean that the president has been right all along.
11 posted on 01/15/2003 7:23:19 PM PST by pfflier
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
Here's the message of the ad, translated from the radical leftish into English:

Dear Americans,

Cower in fear, accept the helplessness (and inherent evil) of liberal Western civilization, and leave war-mongering, genoncidal dictators free to drive one region of the globe after another into barbarism.
12 posted on 01/15/2003 7:30:37 PM PST by Stultis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdamSelene235; Argus
oooh! before my time, but oooo! that's good!
13 posted on 01/15/2003 7:30:42 PM PST by demosthenes the elder (I gloat... hear me gloat!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: pfflier
dingdingdingdingding!
we have a winner!
14 posted on 01/15/2003 7:31:20 PM PST by demosthenes the elder (I gloat... hear me gloat!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
The left is still trapped in the sixties.

Break out the Donovan, bundt cakes, and behive hairdos.

15 posted on 01/15/2003 7:34:18 PM PST by dead (be sure to wear flowers in your hair)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stultis
Aaaack! genoncidal=genocidal
16 posted on 01/15/2003 7:34:38 PM PST by Stultis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: muawiyah
Moveon.com is very similar to the ACLU. If there's a totalitarian element or issue to be debated, they'll side with the totalitarians every single time.

Sounds like typical Liberal-Leftists, who never met an anti-American dictator they didn't like.

17 posted on 01/15/2003 7:35:52 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: dead

18 posted on 01/15/2003 7:44:55 PM PST by Stultis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Stultis
That's astonishing speed!
19 posted on 01/15/2003 7:46:45 PM PST by dead (I actually like Donovan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
I remember LBJ (Loony Bird?) saying that if a voter supports Barry Glodwater and he wins, he will send 200,000 troops to Viet Nam.

So the majority voted for LBJ and he sent 800,000 troops to Viet Nam. This is nothing to be alarmed about because a Democrap is a Democrap, usually a liar and one who religously practices the politics of FEAR, DIVISION and HATRED!
20 posted on 01/15/2003 7:54:08 PM PST by leprechaun9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD

21 posted on 01/15/2003 8:30:34 PM PST by lds23
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lds23
Here are my comments delivered to moveon.org:

"I saw a report on CNBC of your horrible TV ad. It is revolting and misleading. Not only are you people anti-American liars, you are aiding and abetting a madman who is armed with weaponry, or in pursuit of weaponry, that could cause the horrific event you portray on your disgusting TV ad.
I'm sure Saddam takes great comfort in your efforts."

To comment to these @#$%&*s, go to http://www.moveon.org/nowar/volunteer.html

Let's fill up their inboxes with Freeper fan mail.
22 posted on 01/15/2003 8:39:13 PM PST by LSUfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Shermy
I think I remember that Ann Lewis originally headed up MOVEON and it was funded by Bernie Schwartz, Monica's new (at the time) step-Dad and lots of other America-hating business people.

This spot has been all over cable tonight. I hope the public demands it be pulled...right after they puke up their toe-nails.

23 posted on 01/15/2003 10:10:13 PM PST by Deb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: leprechaun9
I hate LBJ, and I hate the fact that living here in Dallas I have to drive on the "LBJ Freeway."
24 posted on 01/15/2003 10:12:53 PM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: AdamSelene235; Argus
So you two are the ones responsible!
25 posted on 01/15/2003 10:18:32 PM PST by Valin (Place your ad here)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
Revisiting a jarring television commercial from the Cold War era, a grass-roots anti-war group has remade the 1964 "Daisy" ad, warning that a war against Iraq could spark nuclear Armageddon.


As long as they are bring this ad back do you think they could bring my 64 Chevy Impala back? I'd really love to have it again.
And while we're at it I also like the body I had in 64 back also.
26 posted on 01/15/2003 10:22:40 PM PST by Valin (Place your ad here)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
You know it sort of looks like a point is being made here. But it's just an illusion. So far the anti-war war arguments have been so much vapor.
27 posted on 01/16/2003 12:12:54 AM PST by MattAMiller
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
IIRC, Barry Goldwater's autobiography stated that NPR subsidized, uberliberal Bill Moyers was behind the "Daisy" ad.
28 posted on 01/16/2003 2:40:11 AM PST by Moonman62
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD

Tell that to him.


29 posted on 01/16/2003 2:45:20 AM PST by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Well... She's nothin to "crow" about!!!
30 posted on 01/16/2003 7:08:26 AM PST by SierraWasp (A tag line is sorta like my stinger!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: GeneD; 2grit; 7beuties; Abe Froman; Abigail Adams; AdGal; Aeronaut; Gunder; AFCdt; Alpenkatze; ...
"Minnesota BUMP List"

I heard on the local news that these ads will be running in the Twin Cities as early as Friday 1/17

Here's the contact info for the local Twin Cities TV stations:
KARE 11

WCCO Ch 4

KMSP - General Manager
KMSP - Program Director

KSTP - Programming (non-news)
KSTP - Management

31 posted on 01/16/2003 7:42:22 AM PST by Johnny Gage (God Bless America, God Bless President George Bush, and God Bless our Troops!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
The ad created such negative reaction that it was pulled after only one showing, but Johnson went on to a landslide victory.

I saw it more than once?
Oh yea they get to rewrite history, I guess I should believe them insteaded of my eyes and ears.

32 posted on 01/16/2003 8:05:55 AM PST by Slewfoot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dead
Break out the Donovan

There has to be a way to use "Season of the Witch" against Hillary...

33 posted on 01/16/2003 8:21:30 AM PST by nina0113
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
Mid East war could spark Armageddon.... just like the Persian Gulf war did? It didn't... oh... just like the war on Kosovo did? It didn't.... oh... never mind.
34 posted on 01/16/2003 8:40:22 AM PST by buffyt (Imagine There Are No Liberals.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Excellent, tell that to him, war is not the answer....

I lost my uncle Richard Thoos in WWII, in a B17 over France. He was never found, so he is till MIA, but long ago declared dead. I am sure he would have loved to have stayed home, married, had a family and a career, but he followed a higher calling. He helped to free the world when he was a young man. He was so handsome. He looked like a clone of Harry Connick Jr. When I was in Germany in 2000 our tour guide on a sightseeing bus in Meissen and Dresden complained that the allies bombed parts of that area really bad. I thought to myself, did they want to be free of Hitler or NOT????????????????

35 posted on 01/16/2003 8:48:18 AM PST by buffyt (Imagine There Are No Liberals.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator
I hate the fact that living here in Dallas I have to drive on the "LBJ Freeway."

But you can also drive on "George Bush". It's a tollway so that the users, rather than all the taxpayers, pay for it.

36 posted on 01/16/2003 10:36:00 AM PST by El Gato
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: buffyt
When I was in Germany in 2000 our tour guide on a sightseeing bus in Meissen and Dresden complained that the allies bombed parts of that area really bad.

You should have told them to take that matter up with Josef "Do You Want Total War" Goebbels.

37 posted on 01/16/2003 10:38:49 AM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: buffyt
I thought to myself, did they want to be free of Hitler or NOT????????????????

Mostly not, at least until the near the end, and then only because he was losing the war.

38 posted on 01/16/2003 10:40:22 AM PST by El Gato
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: El Gato
BUMP
39 posted on 01/16/2003 10:45:28 AM PST by Publius6961
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: El Gato
how about a daisycutter on protesters :)
40 posted on 01/16/2003 10:59:31 AM PST by Kewlhand`tek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Stultis
LOL!
41 posted on 01/16/2003 11:55:28 AM PST by EggsAckley
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: GeneD
a grass-roots anti-war group has remade the 1964 "Daisy" ad, warning that a war against Iraq could spark nuclear Armageddon.

And so could NOT warring against Iraq.

Peace at any cost I guess.

42 posted on 01/16/2003 1:18:49 PM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sabertooth; aeronca; EternalVigilance; RobRoy; null and void; Abundy; AAABEST; Neil E. Wright; ...
ping.
43 posted on 01/16/2003 1:19:16 PM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Terriergal; yall
Saddam loves me,
Saddam loves me not,
Saddam loves me,
Saddam loves me not,
Saddam loves me,
Saddam loves me not...
44 posted on 01/16/2003 1:21:08 PM PST by null and void (tic tic tic... ve haf vays of making you toc...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
'Tell that to him'

Kinda' says it all, doesn't it?
45 posted on 01/16/2003 1:21:32 PM PST by Connservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson