Sunday, June 27, 2004

Playing the Hitler card

It's a truism that you know that a flame war has hit bottom when someone compares the other side to Hitler.

The normally perceptive Dave Winer writes, "Bush is an awful leader, but so far there's no indication that he's comparable to Hitler. But he's running an ad with pictures of Hitler, between pictures of John Kerry, Al Gore, Richard Gephardt and Howard Dean. How could someone want to win so badly that he would be willing to do that?"

This would be a devastating critique if it were true, but it's not. I'm not a huge Dubya fan, but Dave's comment is either biased or careless.

I followed Dave's link to the Bush-Cheney Web site and watched the offending ad. The ad makes it very clear that the Hitler images are sampled directly from anti-Bush attack ads by MoveOn.org.

I don't know about you, but if someone were comparing me to Hitler, I'd want to hit back. Shame on you, Dave, for being too careless or lazy to watch the ad you're criticizing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What I think is funny is that a large minority of viewers think this ad was a an anti-Bush one. I can see their point ...