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March 10, 2004
And the Oscar for Hypocrisy Goes To ...

In attempting to spin John Kerry's ugly, sotto voce smear earlier in the day, Kerry campaign spokesman David Wade blamed unnamed Republicans instead:

Afterward, Kerry campaign official David Wade told reporters that Kerry did know his microphone had been on when he was speaking. ... Wade also pointed to a doctored photograph that placed Kerry alongside Jane Fonda during protests of the Vietnam war. That doctored photograph surfaced after an authentic photograph surfaced that showed Kerry sitting several rows behind Fonda at an anti-war rally.

Wade blamed all such incidents on a GOP attack "machine."

Of course, this must be the work of the "machine" on John Kerry's official campaign web site:

Not only does it appear that the Kerry campaign does most of the Photoshopping, but they've also stolen the image of the Oscar -- something to which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn't take kindly:

The Academy, as the copyright owner of the Academy's "Oscar" statuette, and owner of its trademarks and service marks, "OSCAR," "OSCARS," "ACADEMY AWARD," "ACADEMY AWARDS," "OSCAR NIGHT," "A.M.P.A.S." and the federally registered "Oscar" design mark, is required to protect its properties against unauthorized uses and infringements.

So not only does the Kerry campaign accuse Republicans of offenses they themselves commit, they also steal the intellectual property of other while doing so. Classy people, that Kerry team!

UPDATE: More official Kerry classiness here: "When Teresa Heinz-Kerry arrived, she handed me a pin that read in the center: Asses of Evil with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft surrounding it." What a group of self-indulgent louts. (via Hugh Hewitt)

UPDATE II: Blackfive has this image of the Teresa Heinz-Kerry button, in case you were curious:

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 10, 2004 8:15 PM

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