by Kagro X
Here's a little something that breaks my personal record for most topics filed under. I found via Atrios this amusing story on the always-annoying perennial NJ GOP candidate Bret Schundler. The story made it to Daily Kos, via this Dave Weigel diary a few hours later, and finally ended up on the front page under the headline, "NJ-Gov: Schundler's big F-up."
The F-up in question?
Click the images to enlarge. Then look closely at the crowds behind each candidate. Then put on a helmet and bang your head against the wall in disgust, and sit down for a Pepto Bismol cocktail. You just might be sick. Long story short, Schundler's campaign web site needed a shot with their man Bret in front of an adoring throng. But lacking one, they stole it from Howard Dean, and photoshopped different signs and hats into the crowd.
Oh, the horror!
But the best part of the whole thing is, within hours, John Pettitt, the photographer who took the Dean shot, was at Daily Kos commenting on the situation, as was one of the enthusiastic members of the crowd. Reminiscent of the USANext smear campaign against the AARP that was undone by Daily Kos member RickyMonet.
So, we'll be waiting to see what happens to Schundler, and DC-based design firm Big Fish Studio (unintentionally hilarious tag line: "Always Fresh, Never Canned"), allegedly responsible (though not exactly "taking responsibility") for the image manipulation.
A triumph for the speed and reach of the Internet. And a good reminder to web designers that if you're going to engage in online image piracy for a political campagin, stealing images from a candidate whose most dedicated adherents are online all-day, every day is one of the weaker strategies you might consider.