Restores Ad That Misidentifies 'US' Troops

By Randy Hall | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - After Cybercast News Service reported Wednesday that had removed from its website a television advertisement that misrepresented a photograph of British soldiers as Americans, the liberal group restored the spot to its site. However, the group dropped an accompanying picture that had been altered to cover the fact that one of the soldiers in the ad was wearing shorts, which are not part of the American combat uniform.

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, the 30-second spot begins by stating: "Some folks won't be home this holiday season." The ad then pans across a group of soldiers getting military rations as the voiceover states that "150,000 American men and women are stuck in Iraq."

However, Todd Vician, a spokesman with the U.S. Defense Department, told Cybercast News Service after viewing the ad that none of the men featured in the photograph are wearing U.S. uniforms. "We don't have that style of desert camouflage," he said.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the ad, which a press release from Political Action indicated "echoes Democrats' calls for an exit plan from Iraq" and attacks Republicans for "failing to offer a plan to end the U.S. occupation" of that country," vanished from the group's website.

When the spot reappeared hours later, the site no longer contained a scroll of still shots from the advertisement, including the picture of the soldiers. One of the men in the photograph was wearing long pants in the illustration, but in the actual ad was shown wearing shorts, a difference that was not lost on the owners of at least one Internet site. did not return telephone calls from Cybercast News Service seeking comment for this article.

See Earlier Story: Pulls Anti-War Ad Following Criticism (Nov. 30, 2005)

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