Giuliani in YouTube's Crosshairs ... Again
YouTube has not been kind to Rudy Giuliani.
Now Hizzoner's taking yet another hit delivered via YouTube: A new video tracks where he was last Thursday, the day he skipped the nationally televised GOP debate addressing black issues due to, his campaign aides explained, "scheduling conflicts."
Giuliani, whose lead in the national polls among the Republican field has consistently slipped, spent Thursday in delegate-rich California, the video shows. Early in the day, he was in southern California receiving the endorsement of Pete Wilson, the former California governor who's not popular among Latinos and blacks in California. (In his successful reelection bid in 1994, Wilson supported Proposition 187, which denied social services such as public education and health care to illegal immigrants, and was against affirmative action.)
Thursday night, while several of his GOP rivals were debating in front of a black audience at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Giuliani was in Santa Barbara at a $2,300-a-plate fundraiser attended by Bo Derek and Dennis Miller.
The online video was created by Brave New Films, owned by the liberal activist and award-winning Robert Greenwald. Greenwald also started TheRealRudy.org, an anti-Giuliani site that targets the former New York mayor's record and his handling of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Another video, called "Mistakes in 30 Seconds," capitalizes on Giuliani's response in a televised GOP debate where he asked, "In 30 seconds, what is a defining mistake of your life and why?" Giuliani made a joke about how he couldn't possibly list all his mistakes in 30 seconds, but the video -- using footage from television journalists -- listed his history for him: "Open and notorious adultery." "He's been married three times." "His daughter is backing Barack Obama." "Mismanaged the aftermath of the attack."
Last month, The Trail wrote about "Gays for Giuliani," a satirical video that shows gay New Yorkers thanking Giuliani, dubbed "a gay leader," for his support of civil unions. In 2004, Giuliani told Fox News: "I'm in favor of ... civil unions." But in April, Giuliani said that the civil unions bill passed in New Hampshire "goes too far" because it is "the equivalent of marriage." The video is aiming to hurt Giuliani -- who has a positive record on gay rights -- with social conservative voters.
- Jose Antonio Vargas
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