Thursday, October 26, 2006

RNC To Pull Controversial Tennessee Ad -- Not After Corker Criticizes It, But After Canadian Ambassador Calls The White House To Complain

A controversial Republican National Committee advertisement attacking Tennessee Senate Candidate Harold Ford Jr. is apparently being pulled.

The RNC's decision comes after some critics suggested the ad had racist overtones -- implying that Ford, a black man, was interested in a scantily dressed white woman -- and after the Republican candidate for Senate, Bob Corker, called the ad "tacky" and "over the top" and asked that it be dropped. The RNC didn't listen, though.

Instead, the RNC's decision to remove the ad apparently is coming after it caused an international incident with our neighbor to the north.

Canada'a Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Wilson, lodged a complaint with the RNC, because the spot also takes a swipe at Canada.

The 30-second ad features "man on the street" people taking pot shots at Ford on a variety of domestic and foreign affairs issues. It also makes misleading references about Ford's campaign contributors and his attendance at a Super Bowl party.

When the topic of North Korea comes up, one man says: "Canada can take care of North Korea. They're not busy.''

That line prompted Wilson to complain to the White House, reminding Republicans of Canada's help in the Afghanistan War.


But in addition to being offensive to Canadians, the line also misrepresents Ford's position -- a common theme with ads created by the RNC.

In fact, at a debate last month with Corker, Ford said that he supported bilateral talks with North Korea -- and he meant the U.S. and North Korea, not Canada and North Korea. Both candidates condemned North Korea's recent nuclear test.

But why should the truth matter to the RNC? Control of the Senate is at stake, after all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well its not like a commercial where someone doesnt take their meds in order for the disease to look worse. And then lie about how someone feels about stem cell research.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...


12:00 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

a) there's no proof Fox didn't take his meds. there are doctors quoted in the Washington Post who say the exact opposite.

the fact that you would rely on Rush Limbaugh, a recovering drug addict, as your source of information is ridiculous.

b) the fox ad is referring to embryonic stem cell research, not adult stem cell research.

c) none of this has anything to do with the RNC ad. nice defense, anonymous.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Kagemusha said...

I'm sorry? I thought they explicitly denied it had to do with Canada.

And why should it? The race baiting's worse, and no Senator's required to cowtow to any foreign country, let alone one as weak as Canada.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous annabanana said...

In addition to playing the race card... the ad was a tremendous insult to Canada..
"After all, they're not doing anything" - Are they, or are they not in Afganistan?

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Hav said...

Exactly, as are for example the French. All of them were willing to make sacrifices when they thought it was about going after the real terrorists.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Sensitivity said...

The Ad was effective. They ran it as much as they needed, to get message ac...

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Hav said...

I know that the Repubs showed some really dirty ads in other states, but considering the spots of the last days, I'd say that the dirtiest ads are those in TN. Dirty, racist and irresponsible and probably unthinkable in most western democracies. I hope so much that there are enough in TN who see through this bullshit and vote the bastard out.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous BOSSHOG said...

Scantily clad white women as opposed to 16 year old pages
I'd vote for Ford if I were only a resident of TN. Republicans would fuck up a pile of dog crap.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous KharmaTrain said...

Pulled? Yeah Right...The Next One's Already Rolled Out

Lesson To Democrats: Make commercials that get attention...the slezier the better...facts be damned...codewords included...the corporate media will do the rest.

The wink/nod game between the RNC & Corker gave that first ad several days of free play around the country and followed up by the "whisper" campaign about Harold being a "playboy". Now the seed's been planted and the next round of ads will play further on the racist aspects of the first ad...mission accomplished.

Once again, there'll be another ad by the RNC...or possibly a 527 that is another campaign finance situation...Corker will feign outrage and claim to call for the ad to be pulled...the RNC will A.) pretend they can't control an ad they pay for (note to Mehlmann...cancel the every time) or B.) if this is a 527, to also feign outrage. Then there's the 2 days of passing the buck while the ad not only plays locally but gets national attention as well. Soon a couple thousand in an ad buy gets you millions in exposure. Clever...and a game the Repugnicans have really used to their advantage.

The shelf life on a political ad is not long...especially an attack ad. It loses its bite if its left running too long...all we're seeing is a refreshing of the slime.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Sensitivity said...

Why Doesn't the DNC have a fund to hammer the Repugs when they pull this shit? Where are the Southern Dem leaders hitting back at RNC
slimy behavior?

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kagemusha, i wouldn't trust the RNC if they're saying the Canadians had nothing to do with them pulling the ad. just a couple of days ago, the RNC spokesman, and separately Ken Mehlman, said the ad was going to keep running.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the liberals. What do you watch South Park too much? "Blame Canada. Blame Canada."

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

This week's prize for incoherence goes, wait...again?

Wow, this week's prize for incoherence goes, once again, to anonymous! That's 6 weeks in a row!

You must be proud.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


shi-ite, do I win money? or do you liberals plan to disperse the money evenly among all anonymouses, like good little commies.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

the money you were supposed to win was given to Halliburton. Sorry about that. We could give you a medal; hell, you did about as much as Paul Bremer did to earn it.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

It's pretty sad that the RNC takes its marching orders from Condi's boyfriend, instead of the guy actually running for Senate on the GOP line.

3:44 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Anonymous, what are you doing on this blog?
You're like a Republican campaign ad, tossing into an otherwise productive discussion some completely irrelevant bullshit, while hoping it sticks long enough to change the mind of an ignoramus voter or two.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

What I saw last night on "Larry King" was the Republican Strategist say the ad was pulled by the RNC because they felt it was over the top, thusly making the audience believe it was done out of good moral values. IMO Charles Manson has better morals than any repuke that I know, those lying devils.

8:09 PM  

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