MoveOn.org Restores Ad That Misidentifies 'US' Troops

July 7, 2008 - 7:31 PM

(CNSNews.com) - MoveOn.org has re-published a video ad on its website pertaining to soldiers in Iraq, but following a Cybercast News Service report on Wednesday, the site no longer has a doctored photograph accompanying the ad.

The 30-second ad, which also began running on CNN and cable television stations over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, still contains video that the narrator implies is of Americans, but is, according to at least two military sources, a misrepresentation.

Pentagon spokesman Todd Vician confirmed for Cybercast News Service Wednesday that the video used in the MoveOn.org ad was not of American soldiers.

After viewing the ad, Vician said none of the men featured in it was wearing U.S. uniforms. "We don't have that style of desert camouflage," he said.

The second military source, an Army captain, told OpinionJournal.com that "the idiots from MoveOn.org ... pretend to argue on my behalf; they show a group of soldiers standing around a table in the Middle East." However, the captain reportedly wrote to OpinionJournal.com that the individuals in the photo were "actually British soldiers."

Late Wednesday afternoon, the video ad, which a press release from MoveOn.org 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, it no longer contained an accompanying scroll of still shots from the advertisement. One of the still shots had a soldier pictured in long pants, even though the same soldier in the exact same circumstance was shown in the video wearing shorts. Various websites on Wednesday were pointing to MoveOn.org's apparent altering of the photo for the MoveOn.org website.

MoveOn.org did not return telephone calls from Cybercast News Service seeking comment for this article.

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

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