rnc exploits fake troops, real veterans get thrown out of home

From CBS News, emphasis added:
It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing.

On Tuesday night, 15-year-old Victoria Blackstone, a sophomore at the St. Agnes School in St. Paul, led the crowd at the Xcel Energy Center in the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience heard her 434-word essay, "Pledging myself to the Flag of the United States of America," an essay she'd entered in the "Wave the Stars & Stripes" essay contest and won. The RNC turned that essay into a three and a half minute video, a visually stirring montage rolling over Victoria's words about sharing the Pledge with Americans who have stood at important moments in history.

There's the Continental Congress...A real WWII vet...Photos of workers at Ground Zero. A close-up of a folded flag presented to a grieving widow at a military funeral...profiles of soldiers swelling with pride in slo-motion.

But CBS News found that the footage of the 'funeral' and soldiers is what is called 'stock' footage. The soldiers were actors and the funeral scene was from a one-day film shoot, produced in June. No real soldiers were used during production.

The footage, sold by stock-film house Getty Images was produced by a commercial filmmaker in Chicago. Both Getty and the production company, Mr. Big Films, confirmed that the footage was shot on spec and sold to the Republican National Committee.

One of the actors, Perry Denton of Chicago, Ill. also confirmed that he was hired on a day-rate as an actor for the shoot and told CBS News he was surprised to learn the footage was shown at the convention.

And from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Eighty-one veterans, all with health problems, have been told they must find another place to live by Nov. 30 because budget cuts are forcing the state to close the Milledgeville domiciliary unit at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed saving $2.7 million out of its budget by closing the domiciliary, which resembles an old college dorm with communal dining room near the lobby.

Assistant Commissioner Len Glass said about half the displaced veterans will go either to the state veterans hospital units that provide full nursing care or to the federal Veteran's Administration's domiciliary in Dublin. He said the agency was helping the rest of the veterans find new homes — maybe with relatives or friends.

And in Canada: a poll shows public support for the war in Afghanistan is at the lowest point ever.

Another three Canadians killed this week.

Bring them home now.


redsock said...

Around the time of the 2004 RNC convention in New York, the Bush team used footage that was supposedly of the funeral of a city worker that died on 9/11 -- it was quickly discovered that the video had been staged.

It is a common theme.

Off the top of my head, I remember the fake plastic turkey that Bush was "serving" to hungry troops in Iraq, the fake story that he landed the helicopter before his Mission Accomplished speech (itself full of fakery and staged so no one could see the ship was barely off the San Diego shoreline), the Made in America boxes placed in front of Bush during a speech that were actually Made in China boxes (some of the faulty "Made in America" stickers peeled off), the fake evidence used to begin a fake war against a fake enemy for fake reasons (though the death, destruction, misery and billions upon billions of wasted taxpayer dollars are all too real), the fake elections, the using of fake reporters (at least one of whom was a male homosexual prostitute) to ask fake questions at fake White House news conference, to say nothing of the millions of "up-is-down" statements they have meade over the last 7 years ...

Man, someone somewhere must have a complete list of this stuff.

redsock said...

Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV'
May 29, 2006

Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies' products. ...

The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items. ...

Among items provided by the Bush administration to news stations was one in which an Iraqi-American in Kansas City was seen saying "Thank you Bush. Thank you USA" in response to the 2003 fall of Baghdad. The footage was actually produced by the State Department, one of 20 federal agencies that have produced and distributed such items. ...


redsock said...

a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts ... Not one told viewers who had produced the items. ...

The liberal [sic] media strikes again.

M. Yass said...

And in Canada: a poll shows public support for the war in Afghanistan is at the lowest point ever.

This could have been Dion's issue. I'll bet he's wishing he hadn't rolled over like the coward he is.

L-girl said...

This could have been Dion's issue.

As much as I am against Canada's prescence in Afghanistan - and as much as I intend to vote NDP as soon as possible! - I can understand why the Liberals didn't do this.

They have to win. It's imperative. The war is bound to be a divisive issue. The Conservatives can exploit the support-the-troops card. It might be better politically to get the issue off the table. And the Liberals are all about what's better politically!