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Fox Brings GOP "Retreat & Defeat" Web Ad To TV

Reported by Melanie - December 10, 2005

Friday morning (December 9, 2005), the news wires carried a story about a new web ad unveiled yesterday by the Republican National Committee titled, "Retreat and Defeat." The ad claims to "expose" the Democrat's "cut and run strategy" to end the Iraq war.

Friday afternoon on Your World w/Neil Cavuto, after an attention-grabbing FOX NEWS ALERT, Ken Mehlman, Chair of the GOP, opened the show. Fox aired part of the GOP's "web ad" and gave Mehlman a forum to promote the ad and to distort some of what Howard Dean, Barbara Boxer, and John Kerry have said over the past week.

For example, Mehlman said, "I think it's wrong to call our troops terrorists, which is what Senator Kerry said ah, last week, he compared them to terrorists on Face the Nation." Here's a transcript of the Fact the Nation segment.

Mehlman also said, it's "very hard to remember a time when the leader of one of America's two great parties predicted that our troops would lose in a war." What Dean actually said was: The "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong." He said, "I've seen this before in my life. This is the same situation we had in Vietnam. Everybody then kept saying, 'just another year, just stay the course, we'll have a victory.' Well, we didn't have a victory, and this policy cost the lives of an additional 25,000 troops because we were too stubborn to recognize what was happening."

Concluding, Mehlman laughably said, "It's worth reminding ourselves and reminding everyone of people's words during this important debate."

Comment: I am on the GOP's mailing list and received an email from Ken Mehlman yesterday at 4:54 p.m. ET. Here's what it said:

When it comes to leading Democrats and Iraq, we've seen it all. First, they voted for the war; then they claimed it was a lie. Some Democrats have called for immediate withdrawal, others call for a phased withdrawal, and others are saying they won't have a position until it's "the right time". Now, some of the democrat leaders have taken their most extreme and dangerous position yet; predicting the defeat of our troops in Iraq.

Watch the new web video, "Retreat and Defeat," that exposes this cut-and-run strategy for what it is.

Watch Howard Dean saying that we won't win in Iraq, and John Kerry talking about our troops "terrorizing" children in the dead of night. Think about the message this sends to our troops; that we will be intimidated by terrorists and assassins, and that we walk away from their mission.

Our troops are watching. America is watching. Send these Democrats the message that surrender is not an option; and that we stand together with our troops for victory in Iraq.

The right wing media machine was clicking on all cylinders yesterday. With Fox's help, the GOP's new "web ad" went from being a "web ad " to being a TV ad, and reaching hundreds of thousands more people, in a matter of hours.

UPDATE - December 15, 2005: Here's a must-read article from John Dickerson at Slate titled: The Grinch Who Doctored Photos: The RNC's fraudulent new ad.

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