Polygraph


Geraldine Sealey
February 12, 2004 1:34AM (UTC)

Moveon.org unveils another ad from its "Bush in 30 seconds" contest in a $1.4 million campaign that will run in 21 markets starting tomorrow. This time, the topic is truthfulness. The ad is called "Polygraph," and like the "Child's Pay" ad on the deficit that garnered such attention when CBS refused to air it during the Super Bowl, it's simple and damning.

The camera focuses tightly on a lie detector machine as we hear the President's voice telling us what we now know is untrue: "Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda." The ad's tag line is: "Americans are dying for the truth," a reference to the 535 deaths and approximately 3,000 other casualties suffered by American military forces in Iraq (as of Feb. 10).

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"The President has shown a remarkable ability to avoid telling the American people the truth," Wes Boyd, president of the MoveOn.org Voter Fund, said in a press release. "We think every American, especially those serving in Iraq, deserve to know the truth."

The ad will run in the following markets: Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; Columbia-Jefferson City, Kansas City, St. Joseph and St. Louis, Mo.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio; Bluefield-Beckley, Clarksburg, Charleston and Wheeling, W. Va.

Anyone who doesn't live in those areas and wants to watch the ad, it's here.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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