Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More Lies..........

The Wall Street Journal has a story about Move America Forward (MAF), Howard Kaloogian's astroturf web site.

Good old MAF, always ready with a lie, a distortion or just making stuff up, is running ads that proclaim that the President Bush and his neo-con administration were right all along about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Queda. These new ads seem to fly in the face of both years of actual, verified information to the contrary and more recently, Presidential disclosures that there were no weapons nor terrorist ties.

"The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions."

We have written extensively regarding the real nature of MAF and its role in the Right Wing Noise Machine. Check out this, this and this.

These new ads are just part of the same old package of wingnut rhetoric designed to keep Sacramento political campaign firm Russo, Marsh and Rogers (R,M+R) going strong. Of course the fact that R,M +R is running a PR campaign for the Kurdish regional might have something to do with MAF's love of the Iraqi war.

"In addition to his Iraq political work in the U.S., Mr. Russo has an open-ended political-advertising contract with the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq for whom he produces advertisements that run in the U.S. seeking investment in Kurdistan. Some critics accuse him of having a vested financial interest in prolonging the U.S. presence there."

Now that the WSJ has taken a crack at MAF, maybe a real journalist could take a look at the shabby crew that runs the place. That's probably hoping of too much.