Distorting McCain's Remarks
Taking words out of context and spinning them into yarn to make your ugly election day sweater. Just one of the skills in this years campaigns.
Obama's campaign is running a TV ad in Indiana that asks the question: "How can John McCain fix the economy, when he doesn't think it's broken?" But the ad uses quotes from McCain that are old and taken out of context:
- The ad shows McCain saying, "I don't believe we're headed into a recession." But McCain said that in January, and he also acknowledged at the time that the American economy was in "a rough patch."
- The ad then shows McCain saying in April, "[T]here's been great progress economically." But the quote is lifted from a much longer response; McCain went on to say that the "progress" made during Bush's tenure still wouldn't console American families who are facing "tremendous economic challenges."
- The third quote from McCain, "[W]e have had a pretty good prosperous time, with low unemployment," also comes from January. In his full response, McCain went on to say "things are tough right now."
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is running an ad in Indiana that tries to paint Sen. John McCain as being out of touch with Americans' concerns about the economy. It contrasts remarks from McCain with comments from residents of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Obama's ad, however, used dated remarks from McCain and takes his words out of context.
Everyone does it. There is enough blame to go around (And around, and Around). It does seem to me that our representatives should be above that type of behavior.
It all reminds me of an edited audio track that hit the internet back in the late 90's. It featured snippets from various Star Trek episodes strung together to make a highly erotic love scene between Spock and Kirk. They were all words and sounds straight from the characters mouths....but the context was greatly exaggerated.
Of course the difference between this and political attack ads is one is comedy for the sake of comedy, the other a diatribe of misinformation.