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Iraq Battlefront Shifts to New York Times’ Ad Pages

September 14, 2007 1:03 PM

Not only is the war in Iraq escalating, so are tempers between the conservative Freedom Watch group and the liberal MoveOn.com gang.

It all started a while ago when Freedom Watch began its $15 million ad campaign in support of the war. MoveOn strafed back with its pointed print ad, “General Petraeus or General Betray Us,” which appeared in the New York Times last Monday, the day the general began his testimony.

The Freedom Watch rallied, saying it, too, would take out an ad in the Times to shoot down the claims the liberals had made in their newspaper ad. And the war between liberals and conservatives in the media is likely to escalate even more.

After reading about all of this, just this morning, lo and behold, I got an e-mail from MoveOn, asking readers for $25 to view a link to a TV version of the controversial ad to raise funds to actually get it on the air. I passed.

Personally, I don’t think advocacy ads from either side are effective. Do you?


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Comments (4)

Andy S.:

Not when the ads are as strident, mean-spirited and obviously partisan as these ads are. They're really just preaching to the converted anyway. That's their modus operandi and that of most of the political blogosphere. They're not interested in creating reasoned dialogue on the issues; they're just trying to appease their respective bases and keep the noise level as high as they can. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Americans who are looking for real solutions and honest debate are left out in the cold.

Marianne Paskowski:

Andy S,
We are kindred spirits. What's the point? I got ticked off with that email from moveon.org. I'd rather give the $25 to a homeless shelter and see my money well spent.

Thanks for the post,


We have the good fortune to live in a democracy where everyone has the right to express their opinion. Unfortunately, there are some people who wish to express their point of view so forcefully that they poison the atmosphere for reasoned debate.

To some extent I really feel sorry for democrats. The extreme left is so angry right now that they're even attacking members of their own party if they don't agree with 100%. Mainstream americans seem to be moving left, but if groups like MoveOn aren't careful, they'll turn these people off with their hate-filled speach.

Marianne Paskowski:


MoveOn's ad was a cheap, easy shot at the general. But there's a reason the Dems swept the last election. Now they need to do something productive.

Thanks for your post,

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