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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:49 PM

Trump ad touting 'great American comeback' features foreign stock footage

Source: ABC News

A new ad released by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign that looked to capitalize on the August jobs report to portray the country as being in the middle of a "great American comeback" features foreign stock footage.

The ad, which paints an incomplete picture of the American economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, does so in part by featuring stock footage from countries outside the United States, including a warehouse in Ukraine and publicly available footage of two models -- one from Italy and another from Ukraine – but which appear in the ad to represent images from the U.S.

At around the 15-second mark, the ad targets former Vice President Joe Biden by claiming he would "kill countless American businesses, jobs and our economic future" and flashes a clip showing what is meant to represent a U.S. warehouse with the lights being dramatically turned off.

But the footage is readily available stock images of a Ukrainian wallpaper warehouse from a video production company named PromZone Media Group, the company confirmed to ABC News.



Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-ad-touting-great-american-comeback-features-foreign/story?id=72902748&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed



The article also discloses that models in the ad are Ukrainian.

Also, he tries to make the August jobs report sound like phenomenally great news, but fails to mention that millions of Americans are still out of work. In February, the unemployment rate was 3.5% and is now 8.4%, although it has fallen slightly from the peak.

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groundloop Sep 10 OP
CaptYossarian Sep 10 #1
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soothsayer Sep 10 #3
groundloop Sep 10 #4
Lonestarblue Sep 10 #5
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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:57 PM

1. The article never mentioned the wooden shoes or the rickshaws.

They wanted to show successful cities without "Democrat" mayors: Kiev, Oslo, Munich, etc.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:58 PM

2. And it wn't even matter to me. It'll fall on deaf ears.

I don't watch broadcast TV, so Putin's ads will go unnoticed.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:59 PM

3. So what's the story with his constant use of foreign footage

Are Putin’s dudes making the ads for him? Is it just cheaper (and another way to not buy American — even for his vile campaign ads)?

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:06 PM

4. THAT is a hell of a good question. I wish a reporter would ask him about that.....

and also about his cheap made in China MAGAT hats.

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:13 PM

5. Using stock footage is cheaper than creating your own.

Depending on the owner of the footage, a user may be required to pay usage fees. My guess is that the campaign is trying to save money and they’re stiffing any footage owners by just using it without permission or payment of fees. It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has stiffed people.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:19 PM

6. If it's such a great comeback, why has continuing claims kept rising, now 29.6 M?

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS, Department of Labor, 9/10/20
https://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf
In the week ending September 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 884,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 881,000 to 884,000. The 4-week moving average was 970,750, a decrease of 21,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 991,750 to 992,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 9.2 percent for the week ending August 29, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 29 was 13,385,000, an increase of 93,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 38,000 from 13,254,000 to 13,292,000. The 4-week moving average was 13,982,000, a decrease of 523,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 9,500 from 14,496,250 to 14,505,750.

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UNADJUSTED DATA

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The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 22 was 29,605,064, an increase of 380,379 from the previous week. There were 1,591,456 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019 ((this paragraph not seasonally adjusted, they don't have a seasonally adjusted version of this number -Progree)).


Not good that initial claims is flat in a so-called Great American Comeback. And that the total number claiming benefits is going up -- it was 27.0 million 2 weeks before. Note too the discrepancy between the 13.6 million unemployed in last Friday's jobs report (the one with the 8.4% unemployment rate), and the 29.6 million claiming benefits.

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