John McCain goes back to the celebrity well with his latest ad, "Disrespectful." The ad accuses Barack Obama's campaign of 'lashing out' at Sarah Palin for stealing the spotlight. It takes two quotes out of context and falsely implies that they came from Obama. It also suggests that calling Palin a liar for her "Bridge to Nowhere" claims is inherently "disrespectful."
Obama "was the world's biggest celebrity," the ad begins. But now "his star's fading" -- presumably because of the Palin's star wattage. "So they lashed out at Sarah Palin ... how disrespectful."
Factcheck.org is already debunking the spot, calling it "particularly egregious":
The new McCain-Palin ad "Lashing Out" begins like an earlier ad we criticized, with its reference to Barack Obama's celebrity, but then goes down new paths of deception. It takes quotes from news organizations and uses them out of context in an effort to portray Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, as unfairly attacking Sarah Palin and making sexist remarks. We've long been a critic of candidates (Obama included) usurping the credibility of independent news organizations and peddling false quotes, and this ad is particularly egregious. We found it airing in Denver, as recorded by the Campaign Media Analysis Group, a unit of TNS Media Intelligence.
Full transcript of the ad:
ANNCR: He was the world's biggest celebrity, but his star's fading.
So they lashed out at Sarah Palin.
Dismissed her as "good looking."
That backfired, so they said she was doing, "what she was told."
Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar.
And how Governor Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.