Readers Alert: After this post was published a commenter called my attention to a link to the ad referenced in the post.
If you go to the NYT story I linked to you'll see as the commenter said:
"there is a little box under the first paragraph of the story that says:I thank the commenter for pointing out something important I missed and helping make it available to all of us.
Video The Caucus: New G.O.P. Ad for McCain on Energy (July 6, 2008)
This appears to be the same ad referenced in the story."
After viewing the ad, I stand by everything I say in the post. The ad confirms the concerns I had about what the Times was saying.
But you can read my post, view the ad and decide for yourselves.
On July 7 the Anything for Obama NY Times carried a story headlined: “New Group Linked to G.O.P. Unveils Ad Attacking Obama.”
Let’s take a closer look at the story which begins:
A newly formed Republican group broadcast its first commercial Sunday in four battleground states as part of a $3 million advertising campaign aimed at Senator Barack Obama.It’s hard to judge the truth of what the NYT’s is saying because it didn’t provide a link to the ad video or even a print transcript.
The advertisement opens with images of gasoline prices flying upward at the pump as a narrator says, “Record gas prices, a climate in crisis.” It then highlights Senator John McCain’s differences with his own party on energy policy.
The commercial closes by summing up Mr. Obama’s positions on energy as “just the party line,” a reference to his opposition to suspending gas taxes or drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as he and other Democrats contend that a McCain presidency would represent a third Bush term.
Why not? How else can readers judge the ad for themselves and the NYT's story in light of the ad?
When the Times says the ad, “highlights … differences with his own party,” what does that mean?
Most, but not all, congressional Republicans favor offshore drilling in some form. So does Sen. McCain.
Sen. Obama opposes offshore drilling (at least he does as of noon today). So do most Dems. But not all Dems do.
Many Dems say they favor wind energy programs, But Sen. Ted Kennedy opposes such programs or at least the ones proposed near his oceanfront home in Hyannisport and oceanfront property other Kennedy family members own along the coast of Long Island's Hamptons.
So what’s a party position on energy policy?
And how did the Times determine the ad started with McCain's differences with his “party on energy policy.”
Did McCain's ad say something like, "I differ with the Republican Party on energy policy?"
That doesn't seem to be the way McCain would begin an attack ad on Obama.
We all need to see that ad. Or at least those of us who think for ourselves do.
The entire Times story's here.