Thursday, October 26, 2006

Desperate Ohio GOP Used Doctored Photo, Fabricated Quote To Smear Franken And Attack Brown

The Ohio Republican Party sent out a news release (full text here) attacking Rep. Sherrod Brown for enlisting the support of comedian Al Franken:

OHIO GOP: It is not surprising that Sherrod Brown is enlisting the help of a Hollywood liberal, who like him, is so far out of the mainstream of Ohio values. What is troubling is that Brown would solicit support from someone [Franken] who compared conservatives to Nazis “who should drink poison and die.”

The quote used in the news release is taken from Bernard Goldberg book, 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America, in an alleged interview between Goldberg and Franken. But in his book, Goldberg makes it clear that the exchange is completely fictional. The Ohio Republican Party represented it as fact.

The news release was accompanied by a "photograph" showing Franken dressed up like a baby bunny, wearing adult diapers and clutching a fluffy white teddy bear.

Andy Barr, director of Franken’s Midwest Values PAC, confirmed, “The picture is a fake.” The Ohio Republican Party used a 2004 AP photo of Franken for the doctored image.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Stewart Smalley having troublw swallowing his own medicine?

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Good grief, you're dumb.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

The Ohio GOP could have attacked Al Franken if it wanted -- or the connection between Franken and Brown -- and simply used things Franken really said. Certainly Franken has said some things that a conservative audience would find distasteful (all those "liberal facts.")

But the truth is never good enough for the Mehlmanites and the Rovians. "Truthiness" works so much better.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

To be honest, though, that pic is kind of amusing in a stupid way. It's hardly as offensive as a lot of the other crapola the GOP has been putting out. But Al Franken is one of the Big 3 Bogeymen the GOP likes to bring up (Soros and Michael Moore are the others).

1:54 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

but as a package deal, with the fake quote, it's reprehensible.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

When you can not advertise about success, you then belittle your opponent! Wow, the Repukes have no success to talk about, imagine that!! Too busy playing golf, selling their votes, chasing "pages" around the room, planning how to screw Americans, and spinning their policy!

7:38 PM  

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