The NRA can’t hide behind the protective bubble of conservative TV and talk radio, without encountering some backlash from time to time, even from such an insular group…
You know you have to be on the far fringe of right-wing extremism when you get called out by Fox News.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre didn’t know what hit him when Fox’s own Chris Wallace attacked him over the tasteless and much criticized NRA TV ad that targeted the Obama girls.
And of course, as we found out later, the NRA ad was a total lie. There are no “armed guards” at the Obama girls’ schools (and the NRA wasn’t referring to Secret Service).
In LaPierre’s world, the only answer to gun control is a police state where everyone has their own police defense team everywhere. Every man an army. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? And the Teabaggers support this NRA police state because…why? Does their obsession with guns mean more to them than freedom itself? How bizarre.
Most of the cable news channels have been talking about this video today.
At “best” it’s xenophobic and at worst it’s a racist piece of trash and I wonder why the actress decided to do the ad since Asians are the brunt of the cruel joke here…
Criticism of a Senate campaign ad featuring a young Asian woman talking in broken English about China taking away American jobs grew Monday as some warned it could revive discrimination against Asian-Americans.
Michigan has seen its share of Asia bashing, especially in the 1980s, when images of sledgehammers smashing imported cars were common. Chinese-American Vincent Chin died after being beaten to death in 1982 by two unemployed autoworkers angry about competition from Japan.
Republican Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra began taking heat after his ad targeting Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow ran statewide Sunday before the Super Bowl.
“Mr. Hoekstra may believe that his ad is just a way to express his political goals. But it does so in a manner that points the finger at Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders for our nation’s problems,” said Thomas Costello, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, a 70-year-old civil rights organization in Detroit. “All of us need to be vigilant in the words we use and images we portray to avoid giving tacit permission for racist behavior.”
The ad was created by media strategist Fred Davis of California-based Strategic Perception Inc., known for both Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s successful “one tough nerd” ads and for the 2010 “demon sheep” web ad attacking Tom Campbell in California’s Republican Senate primary.
Hoekstra told reporters Monday that his ad’s “insensitive” only to the spending philosophy of Stabenow and Democratic President Barack Obama.
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Christine O’Donnell gets a dubious honor from Yale…
The New York Post
Christine O’Donnell’s TV ad declaration “I’m not a witch” during her U.S. Senate campaign topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.
O’Donnell’s quote is cited by Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, who released his fifth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. In the ad, O’Donnell was responding to reports of her revelations that she had dabbled in witchcraft years ago.
“It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be a part of the political discourse,” Shapiro said.
The quote by O’Donnell, a tea party favorite running in Delaware, tied for first place with “I’d like my life back,” the lament made in May by BP’s CEO Tony Hayward after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
“People resented the fact that he was wanting to get back to his yacht races and other aspects of his normal life when those little problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of what people on the Gulf Coast were dealing with,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro noted that the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest news stories of the year, the oil spill and the emergence of the tea party.
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