Friday, March 12, 2004

Like father, like son 

Willie Horton is back. And he means business.

From Ryan Lizza's campaign journal/blog at TNR. Go there to see an image from this ad.

Bush's first round of ads became immediately famous for using images of Ground Zero and a flag-draped body being carried away from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

His newest spot, "100 Days," might soon become famous for another campaign first. It is the first ad to use the image of a dark-skinned man who is obviously meant to be a terrorist...

And on the bottom there is a close-up of a swarthy, somewhat sinister-looking man with darting eyes who slowly turns toward the camera. He is clearly the terrorist in this scary montage...

UPDATE: James Zogby tells the Associated Press he wants Bush to pull down "100 Days":

James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, urged Bush to withdraw one of the new ads because it illustrates the section on terrorism with a picture of an olive-skinned man with bushy eyebrows.

"If they wanted to put Osama bin Laden up there that's fine, but using just a face stereotypes," Zogby said.

What's interesting is that Bush's team must have known that by using this actor they would probably ignite a debate about race, ethnicity, and terrorism. You have to wonder about why they did it.

We know EXACTLY why they did it. No wondering needed. Not for one second.


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