Friday, March 12, 2004

Dark Times Ahead

A week after starting a flap by using images from Ground Zero and actors portraying firefighters, the Bush campaign has unveiled another series of ads, this time aimed at John Kerry and claiming that he’s weak on fighting terrorism. And in a throwback to Willie Horton, they show a brief image of a glowering dark-skinned man who is meant to be a terrorist (I don’t think they’re running a clip from Othello) and, in another frame, a plane taking off. Check out frames from the ad here in The New Republic Campaign Journal plus some reactions to it from Arab-Americans. (One reader of CJ called it the “Walid Horton” ad.) Can’t these guys run an ad without whacking a hornet’s nest? Let’s hope not.