Zack linked to this Newsweek story:
Another less-publicized aspect of the ad flap: the use of paid actors—including two playing firefighters with fire hats and uniforms in what looks like a fire station. "Where the hell did they get those guys?" cracked Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which has endorsed John Kerry, when he first saw the ads. (A union spokesman said the shots prompted jokes that the fire hats looked like the plastic hats "from a birthday party.") "There's many reasons not to use real firemen," retorted one Bush media adviser. "Mainly, its cheaper and quicker."
Kind of a funny story:
The link Zack provided has changed: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4467791
Then, they stealth-edited it. After the blogosphere called them on it, they added this editor's note:
On Monday, March 8, after questions were initially raised about the facts in the story, changes were made to the online version. These changes were made in violation of Newsweek.com policy, which requires that substantive alterations be made in an accompanying editor’s note or correction. In conformance with that policy, the original version of the story was restored to the Web site on Tuesday, March 9.
This is bizzare. Would a campaign official really make such a huge gaffe about a large matter of fact? If Newsweek was, in fact, told that they were paid actors by a campaign official, then I don't place any blame on them, but a name would be nice. Who was it? I wonder if Bush/Cheney will issue a statement? The whole situation is bizzare.
But the important part is this: Bush/Cheney didn't use actor firefighters. Real firefighters can and do support the reelection campaign... some so much that they'll volunteer to be in their commercials. .
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 16 March 2004 - 11:59 AM.