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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:21 PM
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School Raps McCain For Using Image As Speech Backdrop Without Permission
School Raps McCain For Using Image As Speech Backdrop Without Permission
By Kate Klonick - September 5, 2008, 4:32PM

Okay, the McCain-Walter Reed Middle School backdrop debacle is getting weirder by the second. Now the principal of the school is hammering McCain for using footage of the school during his convention speech without seeking the school's permission.

Here's the statement from Donna Tobin, the principal...

"It has been brought to the school's attention that a picture of the front of our school, Walter Reed Middle School, was used as a backdrop at the Republican National Convention. Permission to use the front of our school for the Republican National Convention was not given by our school nor is the use of our school's picture an endorsement of any political party or view."

One other interesting development: The California Democratic Party is actually holding a press conference in front of the school within minutes, where Dems will hit McCain for not knowing the difference between the school and Walter Reed Medical Center, which is believed to be the backdrop the McCain campaign really wanted.

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/09...
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:22 PM
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1. IS THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN STAFF MORANS!!!????
Edited on Fri Sep-05-08 04:22 PM by BrklynLiberal
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:23 PM
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9. Yes.
Remember the backdrop behind Rudy during his speech? I could not stop laughing.
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:37 PM
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24. Missed that. What was it? nt
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:20 PM
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33. Brown water swirling around his head. It looked like an unflushed toilet bowl.
The entire backdrop was a photo of the NYC skyline seen from the bay, but the geniuses who put it together didn't realize that all TV viewers would see was Rudy's head in shit.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:33 PM
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20. I really, really KO has seen this and features it. ...n/t
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:36 PM
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23. Understand Republican psychology.
The higher ups in the organization who ordered someone to find a Walter Reed photo wasn't stupid. He was shameless in pandering to the same vets they've been stabbing in the back at Walter Reed, but he probably wasn't stupid. He was simply too smug and too lazy to have that image double checked.

The goober he delegated the image search job to isn't stupid either. He was simply not happy having to do grunt work when probably he'd joined the Republican PR firm hoping for more glamorous work--maybe hoping to be the next Karl Rove.

This isn't stupidity at work. It's laziness and hubris that does Republicans in.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:39 PM
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25. OK, Which DUer has infiltrated the McCain campaign?
Fess up! :rofl: I crack me up!
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 05:05 PM
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30. Yes, but they're fine and foxy morons.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:37 PM
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34. Remember the "green jello and cottage cheeze" backdrop of June 3, 2008?
<snip>

"Many of us laughed last night when McCain appeared on stage in front of a lime Jell-o green background because we remembered the night of June 3 (one of the biggest Internet traffic nights of the campaign, when Obama clinched the Democratic nomination and McCain gave a doddering counter-speech from Kenner, Louisiana). His handlers had unveiled a new campaign slogan and color scheme, as seen in this photo:.."




http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/the-competenc...


Props to FLDem and Al Giordano!..

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:22 PM
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2. K & R!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:22 PM
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3. God, can the GOP get any more LAME?
:rofl:
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Waya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:22 PM
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4. Jeeepers......
First the 'Baracuda' song - now this. LOL - such competence. Frightening!
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TooRaLoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:23 PM
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5. Hahahaha oh my god...
If that's true about intending to actually use Walter Reed Medical Center, that is just not going to go over well for McCain's "judgement".
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elkston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:23 PM
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6. You know what? Some dumbass probably did a Google Image search ...
and just snatched the first hit they got without really paying attention.
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justiceischeap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:25 PM
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11. Nope, they had to purchase a hi-res image of that to be shown that large.
They paid good money for that mistake! :)
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:32 PM
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17. Or snagged the hi res image for free off the internet.
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justiceischeap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:33 PM
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19. If you know somewhere I can snag free hi-res images, let me know.
I'm a web designer and that could be helpful.
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Egnever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:36 PM
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22. How bout deviantart.com
Edited on Fri Sep-05-08 04:37 PM by Egnever
Dont be a dumb ass. One of hundreds of sites to get high rez images, For a web designer you know shit about the net.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:23 PM
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7. How can they be so stupid?
I mean really? Do they know that they are running for the most high profile job in the country? They come across as amateurs.

Idiots.
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npk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 05:00 PM
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29. Actually I can believe it
This is just sloppy work by an understaffed committee.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:23 PM
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8. That's the point; Incompetence!
And we've had enough of that.

First pick a running mate that is unqualified and not a benefit to this Country,
then this.

We win! :)
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samdogmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:29 PM
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15. Except...I'm dealing with a husband who never gets info. off the internet.
He's a cable news junkie...and this stuff simply isn't out getting reported. My husband actually believes the polls are tied right now 42/42. SIGH! I'm pretty sure my husband represents the typical voter.

Those of us who depend upon the internet for the latest breaking news are far better informed than the general public (voters). Unless these stories of the botched "Walter Reed" photo/Heart demand to stop using "Barracuda"/etc. make it to a main stream news source...My husband will continue to believe I'm a wacko and that McCain is actually dead even with Barack right now.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:24 PM
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10. They can't even get their own convention right.
Pathetic.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:25 PM
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12. Republicans are thieves. Pure and simple. They just take what they want without asking. n/t
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:26 PM
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13. McDoubtfire would know what Walter Reed Army Hospital looks like if he would, you know...
visit it!
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:28 PM
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14. McCain't could screw up a one-car funeral.
He's a walking (or hobbling) disaster.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:31 PM
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16. Ooooooo, Baracuda!
Yes it's funny how stupid they are. But a school is public property. You don't need the school's permission any more than you need the National Park Service's permission to use the Washington Monument. The Democrats holding their press conference in front of the school will be indirectly making exactly that point.
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justiceischeap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:32 PM
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18. I hear Ann and Nancy are going to write you a C&D order next! ;-P (nt)
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:34 PM
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21. InCompetency and McCain stood right in front of it as its leader
This is the team they will bring to the white house if elected
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:40 PM
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26. Blitzer/CNN commented that maybe they got it confused with Walter Reed Medical Center.
Wolfie said it with total straight face! LOL!!
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Bernardo de La Paz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:43 PM
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27. Thieves. Did the photographer give the RNC permission? FInd the photographer / copyright owner.
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scorpiogirl Donating Member (662 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:57 PM
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28. I went to that school!
It's a little weird they are taking it to this level with the statement and press conference, but if makes McCain look like an idiot, works for me!
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Alpharetta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 05:11 PM
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31. Odd response from the school.
Sure the McCain campaign is a bunch of screw-ups. But still, you'd think a public school would be smarter to remain mute on the subject or laugh about it, not make some blustery political disclaimer as if anyone really thought they were in the McCain camp.
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hvn_nbr_2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 05:14 PM
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32. Next McCain/Puke campaign song
After their series of using stolen songs and images without permission, I hear through the grapevine that their next song will be "Well, I take whatever I want." Image of candidates accompanying the next line of the song is left to your imagination. :evilgrin:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 08:00 AM
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35. It was used for Santos campaign announcement...on THE WEST WING
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