The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Santorum's office lying?

An internet ad that began running last week in support of Sen. Santorum uses the same footage that an ad by a group called "Americans for Job Security" placed on TV stations also last week. Now, this wouldn't be news, of course, if it were not borderline unethical. It seems clear that two ads--one for Santorum directly, and one in support of Santorum--that used EXACTLY THE SAME FOOTAGE were probably cooked up by the same people. But no! say the parties. Just a fantastic coincidence.

According to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton NEWS-LEADER, "Michael Dubke, president of the Republican-leaning third-party group, and John Brabender, Santorum's media consultant, each denied that the two sides had collaborated in any way. They each said it was a coincidence they used the same stock footage in their respective ads."

Americans for Job Security is no stranger to trying to skirt rules, laws, and truthfulness. See this, this, or this.


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