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Actors and Soldiers

By Anne E. Kornblut
In her new television ad entitled "Guard," Sen. Hillary Clinton features uniformed members of the National Guard and Reserve whom she says she helped gain health care -- part of her push to demonstrate that she has a record of results.

Except the footage isn't of members of the military. That would be against military rules, which forbid members from participating in participating in partisan political activity in uniform. Instead, it is "stock footage of actors," according to a campaign spokesman.

Sen. Barack Obama has used photographs of soldiers as well in at least one of his mailers. The question of military images is not a new one: In 2006, House Democrats came under attack for using pictures of flag-draped coffins in their advertisements -- and subsequently won. But it did draw the attention of some of Clinton's political opponents, who suggested it is further evidence that she is "scripted."

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 18, 2007; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Ad Watch , Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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Talk about the continued bias of Anne Kornblut- it just can't be that the Post continues to hire lousy reporters.

Kornblut mentions that Obama used pictures of soldiers in his mailings and then said it drew the attention of Clinton opponents when she used them. I assume it actually drew the attention of Kornblut who seems to imply that its wrong when Clinton does it but ok when Obama does it.

Kornblut should read the Howard Kurtz piece in the Post on Wednesday about Hillary being held to a higher standard. Kornblut fits that discription and it is sad.

Posted by: peterdc | December 19, 2007 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"But it did draw the attention of some of Clinton's political opponents, who suggested it is further evidence that she is "scripted.""

1. Is that "scripted" a quote? Either name the speaker or explain the justification for their being sourced anonymously, per your newspaper's editorial policy. If it's not, you need to explain the journalistic convention observed at the Washington Post that utilizes ironic quote marks.
2. Enough already with this sick insult of your readers you byline as "Anne Kornblut". It's just wrong and it needs to stop.

Posted by: zukermand | December 18, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"But it did draw the attention of some of Clinton's political opponents, who suggested it is further evidence that she is "scripted."

Oh for god's sake. You want to tell me you never heard of stock film footage? I'm only spotting you that one if you agree the same question should be asked of every ad anyone runs that includes stock film footage. Otherwise, I mean, that would just be stupid.

Yikes.

Posted by: thebigthink | December 18, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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