A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Fresh off the Steaming pile of...

...is this example of poignant, relevant, and insightful political commentary. Apparently, it's newsworthy (and plagiarism to boot!) if your campaign ad features waving flags, rural scenes, orchestral scores (every link I could find...), pride in country and military (oops), and national achievements (things you NEVER see in campaign ads). I would normally like to toss out a detailed analysis of all the ways calling this plagiarism is asinine, but let's make this short:

Are you freaking kidding me?

Campaign ad content is usually repetitive with little change found among countries in the central themes, and the fact that similar content shows up across the board is hardly indicative of 'plagiarism'. Ask yourself: What themes have Harper's Tories focused on over the last few years? The military. Pride in country. Rural Canada. The Arctic. Economic growth and stability. And pray tell, what themes do you see in this ad? Exactly.

Further to this is the typical 'Tea Party/America/Republican' card that always seems to be trotted out as a hammer to whack the Tories on the head with; I suppose the insinuation is that it's really scary if the Tories have any similarities, no matter how tiny or spurious, to those 'nasty right-wingers to our south'. Canadians will instinctively recoil at any hint of American involvement in our political discourse; unless of course it's done by Liberals, in which case you won't hear about it.

You want a real plagiarism story? How come we never heard about this? It's a great find by Paul, and I would suggest you spread it around as much as you can if this becomes another two-day non-issue story in the media; If any Tory brass are reading, you're lucky someone found this for you.

Still waiting for coverage of the issues...I probably won't hold my breath though.

*Update* Thanks should be given to the Liberal Party for playing the Conservative ad on their YouTube channel! It's not often your opponents are dumb enough to spread your message for you.

Honestly, the more controversy this ad generates, the more it will get played. It's a great ad; this is a bad thing how?

*upper-date* Took me a while, but I cobbled together a side by side video comparison for your viewing pleasure. If it gets any media attention, it will be worth the loss of sleep!







Update: Thanks should be given to the Liberal Party for playing the Conservative ad on their YouTube channel! It's not often your opponents are dumb enough to spread your message for you.

Honestly, the more controversy this ad generates, the more it will get played. It's a great ad; this is a bad thing how?

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