Bush invokes Hitler

It’s traditional in most of the newsgroups and forums go on until one
wingnut accuses the other of acting like Hitler. At that point, the
fight has degenerated to silliness and is ignore by anyone with common
sense. The anti-Bush campaign saw Hitler in a proposed ad and wisely
nixed it. If only the President’s campaign had the same sense of
decency.

Dan Gillmor’s eJournal blogs No Shred of Decency:

  • NY Times: Hitler Reappears in ’04 Campaign, This Time in Bush Ad. President
    Bush’s campaign Web site is featuring an advertisement casting Senator
    John Kerry and his allies as a “coalition of the wild-eyed,” blending
    clips of former Vice President Al Gore, former Gov. Howard Dean of
    Vermont and the filmmaker Michael Moore shouting about Mr. Bush.
    Interspersed twice are images of a shouting Hitler, drawn from a Web
    spot that MoveOn.org, the Internet advocacy group that runs anti-Bush
    advertisements, briefly posted months ago in a contest for
    advertisements about the president.
  • Dan goes on to write: “The clip of Hitler came from an ad submitted to MoveOn.org’s “Bush in 30 Seconds” contest — an ad that MoveOn disavowed as soon as it was noticed and, quite properly, attacked for its inflammatory nature.

    But the Bush campaign has no trouble using the same images
    (wmv video) to slander political opponents and critics of its radical
    policies. Just when you imagine they couldn’t sink any lower in their
    tactics, the Bush people find a way.
    If this slimy ad were to be aired on television — on the airwaves Bush
    and so many others are so eager to censor to stop “indecency” —
    campaign laws would require him to personally endorse it. He doesn’t
    have to personally vouch for this garbage when it’s on the Web. Maybe
    that’s why it’s online.”

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