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Bush cronies launch propaganda push to support surge in advance of Petraeus' glowing report

Reported by Chrish - August 24, 2007 -

FOX News is running a new series of commercials produced by Freedoms Watch, which purports to be launching a "grassroots campaign" but which is in reality well-funded by Bush supporters and former staff members, not least of whom is former spokesperson Ari "watch what you say" Fleischer. This front group, launched to run a massive television and radio ad campaign reviving the false claims of connection between 9/11 and Iraq from now until the middle of September and intending to bolster support for staying the course in Iraq, employs blatant and trite propaganda tactics in their TV commercials.

Politico.com reports that

"The board consists of (Bradley A.) Blakeman (who was a member the White House senior staff in Bush’s first term); (Ari) Fleischer; Mel Sembler, a Florida Republican who was Bush’s ambassador to Italy; William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

The donors include Sembler; Anthony Gioia, a Buffalo businessman who was Bush’s ambassador to Malta; Kevin Moley, who was Bush’s ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva; Howard Leach, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman who was Bush’s ambassador to France; Dr. John Templeton of Pennsylvania, chairman and president of the John Templeton Foundation; Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, the huge Philadelphia sports and entertainment firm; Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and ranked by Forbes magazine as the third-wealthiest American; and Richard Fox, who is chairman of the Jewish Policy Center and was Pennsylvania State Chairman of the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1980."

Despite their posturing as a "grassroots organization" this is a well-funded top-down effort to target wavering and vulnerable Republicans and to shore up support for the continuation of the war in Iraq. Three ads are viewable at Infowars.net.

The ads are also reportedly running on CNN (damn liberal media) and the radio ads will run on Limbaugh and Hannity. Prepare for a concerted effort by right-wing radio and television to break out the flags and the twin towers to create a "surge" of support among their followers.