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October 11, 2007

Shockah: After Criticizing Bush For 9/11 Imagery In Political Ads, Hillary Uses... 9/11 Imagery In Political Ads


Senator Clinton, who is using images from ground zero in a new television ad for her presidential campaign, sharply criticized President Bush when he put pictures from the World Trade Center site in his campaign advertising.

"The President has said in the past that he would do nothing that would politicize this terrible tragedy," Mrs. Clinton was quoted as saying in the Daily News on March 6, 2004, shortly after Mr. Bush's ads were released. "I hope that they would be more sensitive going forward."

Mrs. Clinton's new 30-second ad, which is running in Iowa and New Hampshire, includes a black-and-white still photograph of firefighters walking through the rubble and another of Mrs. Clinton wearing a dust mask as she met with rescue personnel.

"She stood by ground zero workers who sacrificed their health after so many sacrificed their lives, and kept standing until this administration took action," an announcer says over the post-attack images, which are the first to appear in television advertising from a 2008 presidential candidate.


"Our message to all politicians is, ‘Keep your hands off Ground Zero,'" the brother of one of those killed, David Potorti, of Cary, N.C., told USA Today in 2004.

Reached yesterday, Mr. Potorti said he was not familiar with Mrs. Clinton's ad but still opposes use of ground zero imagery by any politician.

A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton declined to respond to a query yesterday about her campaign's views on appropriate and inappropriate uses of the ground zero imagery. The New York Sun was alerted to her 2004 comments by a rival presidential campaign, which asked not to be identified.

A spokesman for the International Association of Fire Fighters, Jeffrey Zack, said his union's objection to Mr. Bush's ads was not to the images per se, but to the implication that the president led efforts to help first responders. "We would object to the use of 9/11 images by anyone who uses them while distorting their record," Mr. Zack said. He offered no critique of Mrs. Clinton's ad.

What? The ads implied he led the first responders? What?

He led them from where? Omaha? Washington DC?

This is the best these corrupt hypocritical hacks can do?

More: BP sends me this background:

I took note of your posting on Hillary's blatant hypocrisy with 9/11 imagery. However, I did want to pass along some information about IAFF's PAC, if you don't have it already. The article noted that it failed to criticize Clinton, though it blasted Bush. Well, IAFF's PAC has donated over $8,000 to Clinton, with it being one of the 25 most active federal PACs in the nation. It donates overwhelmingly to Dems.

In 2004, instead of asking union members directly which candidate they wanted to support, IAFF sent out a list of ideals, allowing members to select which they wanted in a candidate. The union bosses then decided which candidate they felt best met the description. Several union insiders claim Bush was never even considered.

Not sure if that adds anything, but thought I'd pass it along.

It's not merely their hypocrisy. It is, of course, the MSM's as well which loves citing such organizations as if they're dispassionate, apolitical neutral arbiters when they are very much political actors and furthermore very much in the Clinton camp.

Reporters know all this, of course. And yet such details somehow aren't considered important enough context for their reports.

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