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July 12, 2004
MoveOn Lies, Credibility Dies?

MoveOn's contest for political commercials generated a submission that used Hitler imagery to imply Bush is a Nazi. After the storm broke, MoveOn issued a statement disavowing any responsibility for the ad, saying it was an open contest, and claiming to have removed the ad from their servers. Matt Drudge reports that not only was the offending file never removed, it was renamed to keep it hidden from prying eyes:

Bush Haters worldwide are still watching the famed 'Bush is Nazi' add on MOVEON.ORG -- despite repeated claims by the site's founders the short had been removed more than six months ago!

As of Monday morning [11 am Eastern] -- the ad was still carried on MOVEON's website -- under the curious file name ""

The ad shows images of Bush with text saying, "God told me to strike at al-Qaida," before turning to images of Hitler with the words, "And then He instructed me to strike at Saddam." The ad ends with the words, "sound familiar?" on a black and white screen.

Last year, MOVEONE Executive Director Eli Parser claimed the ad was promptly taken off the Internet after its submission, as part of a contest, by a member of the public.

Here's the link to the film, if you feel the need to watch it, while it still exists. I can't access it myself at the moment, but I plan on checking to see if the link is still viable by the time I get home from work. I suspect it will be dead once again. But all of this points out that MoveOn has no trouble hauling out Hitler and then lying about their participation in and hiding of such material. Coming from the biggest proponent of the "Bush Lied!" meme, this should demolish MoveOn's credibility.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 12, 2004 12:40 PM

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