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Friday, October 29, 2004

Political Bloggers Strike Again

Liberal bloggers have called the Bush campaign on an ad titled "Whatever It Takes." The ad itself is relatively conventional and, in its final scene, shows the President addressing an assembly of soldiers. Problem is, careful observers have noted that the soldiers in that group scene appear to have been digitally duplicated.

By now you may have heard about this on the news, and the Kerry campaign is using this as evidence that the Bush team plays fast and loose with the truth. However, it seems that the only thing Bush is guilty of here is sloppiness.

In the old days, no one would ever have given this ad a second thought. But in this superheated campaign, everything is game. Plus, the convergence of blogs and digital video recorders have given people the tools to analyze what they see on TV more closely than ever before.