12/10/2007 05:20 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reading The Pictures: Freedom Watch Salutes The Troops. (Hat Tip To 9/11.)


So NBC caved on Friday and decided to let the right wing propaganda group, Freedom's Watch, run a national TV ad "thanking our troops." NBC initially rejected the spot as violating its restriction on controversial issue ads, then backtracked, saying its only objection had to do with FW's promotion of its red meat attack website.

Well, have a little terror with your good cheer.

FW drew criticism from Media Matters back in August because two of its ads selling the "surge" drew blatant links between Iraq and 9/11. If you watch carefully, however, so does one of the two supposedly non-political, holiday-time, critique-proof, troop-thanking videos.

About two-thirds of the way through, there is a cozy scene of the Manhattan skyline at sunset, this "thank you" offered by a man in a dark blue scarf. In the scene, the man's right shoulder angles down but his left shoulder, which is more straight, serves to highlight where the Trade Towers used to stand. In the center of the screen, moving left to right, is a jetliner flying away from the area. After a "Thank you" is uttered by an actor in the preceding segment, blue scarf guy finishes off the phrase with the words: "for keeping us safe...." With the plane flying past the scene of the attack, the implication is that the actions of U.S. soldiers have somehow made it possible for planes (as well as the rest of us) to successfully "get past" Ground Zero.

Oh well, you go with your bread and butter.

Freedom Watch video here.

For more of the visual -- including Lava From Mount Mitt -- visit