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Thursday, August 20, 2009
WJC Redefines 'Running the Ad'
Topic: Western Journalism Center

The other day, we pointed out that a Western Journalism Center video claiming that Rachel Maddow's statement on "Meet the Press" that MoveOn.org never ran an ad comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler was a lie because the ad in question was not commissioned by MoveOn but, rather, a submission to a 2004 MoveOn contest that was taken down after controversy arose about it and never ran anywhere as a paid ad.

The WJC has now responded by calling us liars, accusing us of "splitting hairs" and asserting that it "never claimed the ad was run on commercial T.V. We consider posting the ad on its website to constitute 'running the ad.' "

So a submission to a contest that was (briefly) posted on a website is the exact same thing as buying airtime for it on commercial TV? Interesting redefinition of "running the ad."

That's not "splitting hairs" -- that's comparing apples and oranges.

Further, the WJC video remains a work of lying by omission: It presents the Bush-Hitler video but at no point does it explain that the ad was a contest submission, never ran as a paid ad, and that MoveOn itself said that "[w]e do not support the sentiment" in it. The WJC post accusing us of being liars doesn't mention that either.

The WJC should try telling the full truth instead of redefining words to fit previous lies.

(Cross-posted at County Fair.)


Posted by Terry K. at 6:45 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:51 PM EDT

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