Sunday, September 14, 2008

Time to Stir Shit Up

The arrival of tens of millions of DVDs of a controversial DVD on doorsteps around the nation -- but almost exclusively in election "swing states" -- via newspaper home delivery continues this weekend, with explanatory articles and subscriber feedback appearing on some of the papers' Web sites.

Yes, I was blessed! God is awesome! Along with the 14 year-old's opus to 9/11 in today's service, and then the emphasis my wife put on the concept of forgiveness in the liturgy and sermon, and this POS, my day has been abso-frickin-ultely complete with the push and pull of idiots mixing politics and religion.
The documentary showcases scenes of Muslim children being encouraged to become suicide bombers, interspersed with shots of Nazi rallies. 'The threat of Radical Islam is the most important issue facing us today,'' reads the sleeve of the DVD. ''But it's a topic that neither the presidential candidates nor the media are discussing openly. It's our responsibility to ensure we can all make an informed vote in November.''
If the documentary sounds familiar, there's good reason.
It was shown on Fox News just before the 2006 mid-term elections, and conservative activist David Horowitz screened the film on college campuses during 2007. An article at the group's site,, all but endorsed John McCain this past week, then was pulled down. The DVD carries on-screen text near the outset that it is not indicting most Muslims.
An article at the site of the Morning-Call in Allentown, Pa. today reveals that it will be inserted in the Sunday paper there tomorrow. It continues: "A call to Clarion wasn't returned, but the nonprofit's spokesman, Gregory Ross, told the Harrisburg Patriot-News this week that 28 million copies of the DVD are being distributed nationwide throughout September. He said the intent is not to sway voters' opinions about the presidential candidates."
Fuck, I think my falsehood outrage meter just imploded into a pinpoint white dwarf. Luckily, it's a cold day and my feet needed a little warmth.

28 million DVD's. That's almost 10% of the entire US population. Do the math - even as cheaply as someone could do a bulk order on this, do we know if one could push the production and then placement costs per DVD below $1/unit? And then there's the proud tradition of the media to distribute anything if someone pays them enough money . . .

More, Another heaping, and "My God, it's full of stars!"

1 comment:

Anjha said...

good gawd id, this is disgusting.

Are these the same newspapers who refused to run ads from Move On, etc?

Also, think about who recieves actual papers...the older folks. The ones McCain needs to eek by in this election.

I am so disgusted but am also wondering if Brave New Films can do the same thing?

When in a burning Rome...