Attack Ad- Sally's Birth Tax
Child in her bedroom, dropping coins in her piggy bank.
VOICEOVER: "It looks like Sally's in the black."
Fades to black with the words 2025. Then into a picture of a grown up Sally, working as a janitor sweeping an institutional-style hallway.
VOICEOVER: "Not Anymore."
Fade to black with the words. "Sally's share of the national debt: $36,000 dollars. Courtesy the Republicans in Congress, the Senate and the White House."
Fade through black with the words: "Fight the Birth Tax. Vote Democratic. "
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Sunday, February 27, 2005
Attack Ad- Sally's Birth Tax
Saturday, February 26, 2005
ATTACK AD- BUSH'S "FUZZY MATH"
Close-up of a hand putting shiny half-dollars into a ceramic piggy bank. "Clink, Clink, Clink" in the background.
Fade into footage of Bush at 2000 debate, "that's uh, some kind of fuzzy math they're usin'..." Date appears at bottom, "Fall, 2000"
Fade into footage of Bush official saying, "The President's perscription drug bill will only cost 400 million." Date appears at bottom, "Fall, 2001"
Fade to close-up of Newspaper Headline, "President's perscription drug plan to cost 1.3 Trillion.." Date appears at bottom, "February, 2005."
Cut back to Piggy Bank just as it's getting burried with thousands of coins and 100 dollar bills.
VOICEOVER: "Look who's doin' the fuzzy math now..."
ATTACK AD - BUSH'S "FUZZY MATH" #2 - IRAQ VERSION
"Clink. Clink. Clink."
Fades into Rumsfeld at Congress, "2003" superimposed.
Rummy says,"The cost of this war will be borne by Iraqi people who have huge oil reserves."
"Clink. Clink. Clink."
Fade into Rummy at Congress again, "2004" superimposed.
Rummy says, "This appropriation of 87 Billion is necessary to assure the liberation of Iraq."
"Clink. Clink. Clink."
Fade to grainy picture of Rummy."February 7, 2005" superimposed.
Fade to superimposed QUOTE FROM A.P., "Congress has already approved another $25 billion for this year."
FADE TO BLACK WITH "February 9, 2005" superimposed.
FADE TO SUPERIMPOSED HEADLINE FROM Chicago Tribune,"Red-Ink Budget Doesn't Include Costs of War."
Sound of thousands of coins falling and bouncing around all at once.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
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Main Street Media Picking Up on Gannon- Time to crank up OUR Framing Machine
As I watched Anderson Cooper on CNN just now doing about 10 minutes grilling Gannon I had a mostly good mixture of feelings. I was pleased that he was finally starting to cover this real and important story, yet I was disappointed to see that he felt he had to qualify his reporting by letting Gannon get away with claiming that this is all a personal attack based on the gay escort angle.
My sense from following this story as its emerged on the blogs is that everyone here understands that it's the propaganda and inside access to Plame stuff that's most important, and that the hotmilitarystuds angle is an interesting sidelight, relevant primarilly for showcasing Gannon's hypocracy. It's news in the same way that televangist affairs are news. They debunk the "holier than thou" self-righteousness that these guys sell like popcorn, but they really don't have a lot of societal impact.
Now, as this story gathers steam and gets further into the MSM, it strikes me that we need to be thinking about how to counteract the WH spin machine and get the information out there accurately.
The battle has already begun, whether we know it or not. Rove's attempts thus far have been as follows:
-Play up the Jordan story to distract the media by giving them a "liberal" target and hijack the news cycle until the Gannon story goes stale.
-Attempt to discredit the story as a bunch of whooey by pajama wearing liberals who hate the president so much they will play dirty with this "poor guy's" personal life.
Now, my contribution to how we should frame this debate is as follows:
We must drop the gay porn angle. Who cares? We're liberals for Chrissakes, and pushing the guy's preference distracts from the greater point. Remember how the Cheney daughter remark took the wind out of Kerry's 3d debate win? We need to just DROP IT. Right now. Don't let them dismiss the important point by harping on the trivial one.
We must continue to pursue with all our strength and intelligence the evidence that would show this is part of a BROADER PATERN to create a propaganda campaign that bears little relation to indisputable facts.
We should highlight in particular how this propaganda campaign has been intentionally designed to protect the administration from legitimate questions by the MSM.
This final angle is really important and should (finally) be sticking under the MSM's craw and ought to propel them on to further investigation of their own.
If these investigations pan out AND the MSM unites in pursuing this story, the disinformation machine may finally get the public undoing that it deserves.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Iraq Attack Ad- The Soldiers of '08?
Junior High age kids playing organized baseball on a field. Let's dress them in Cubs uniforms.
Voiceover: In 2003 President George W. Bush made a choice to send our sons and daughters into a war in a foreign land thousands of miles away, unleashing the hatred of thousands of extremists who now feel justified and heroic blowing themselves up just to kill us.
Backdrop blends into horrific scenes from Iraq.
Voiceover: In 2008, these boys will turn 18.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Ad Kerry Should Have Run
Closeup of pile of military records scattered on top of a desk.
Voiceover: "When the time came for George W. Bush to serve his country in time of war he was missing in action. "Why does this matter?"
Scene fades into footage of tense soldiers piling out of a chopper.
Voiceover: "Because now he wants to send your sons and daughters into harm's way. "Scene melds into picture of Bush on left.
Voiceover: "He didn't learn from his experiences. ""Vote for someone who did."Bush fades out and Kerry fades in.
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Saturday, February 12, 2005
Attack Ads on Health Care (recommended focus: Health Care for Children)
Shots of people working minimum wage jobs. Convenience store clerk. Fast food cook. WalMart-type employee in a blue smock.
VOICEOVER: "Chances are you know someone like this. Hard working Americans who care about their families more than anything else."
Shots of the same people, fishing, talking and hanging out with their kids and grandkids.
VOICEOVER: "Over 8 Million of their kids and grandchildren have no health insurance."
Shot of kid missing a thrown ball turning and running towards a busy street to retrieve it.
Screen goes black.
VOICEOVER: Tires Screeching. "Is this how it should be in the richest country on earth?"
scrolling title: "Vote Democratic. For your health."
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
ATTACK AD-JOE LIEBERMAN PRIMARY '06
Bush at the podium during State Of The Union calling for privatization of Social Security.
Cut to Lieberman as the lone Democrat giving Bush a standing ovation.
Back to Bush, now talking about going after Iran.
Back to Lieberman, kissing Bush after the speech.
Fade to Black with Caption:
"With Democrats like this, who needs the Republicans?"
"Support PICK ANY REAL DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER"
Monday, February 07, 2005
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Rumsfeld's Writer's Cramp
Shot looking into the open doorway of a well-appointed office. Lots of leather chairs and so forth.
Second shot is closer, it looks in over the shoulder of a man sitting at a large desk with a stack of letters before him. You never see his face.
Every few moments the man drops his pen and shakes his hand around. "Damn. This is Haaard Work." he says,then picks up the pen again and resumes signing the letters.
Fade to black with the words: "1300 and Counting."
Saturday, February 05, 2005
ATTACK AD- Bush's Asbestos "Reform"
Black Screen, with voice over: "More than 100 Northwest families have won a $30 million settlement in an asbestos lawsuit involving a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton Co."
Bush at SOTU, "Justice is distorted, and our economy is held back, by irresponsible class actions and frivolous asbestos claims - and I urge Congress to pass legal reforms this year."
Cut to blue collar working man in jeans, plaid shirt, hacking away on his rural porch.
Fade to black with title, "Frivolous Asbestos Claims?"
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