Is There Something in that Tea? More Billboard Insanity.

May 14, 2012

Following close on the heels of the Heartland Institute’s disastrous, ill conceived billboard campaign, this news from Colorado makes one wonder if someone has been switching the sugar cubes at Tea Party meetings lately. Look out for the the brown darjeeling, dude – it’s heavy.

ThinkProgress:

The billboard campaign was rolled out at 28 locations around Colorado by the conservative organization Compass Colorado.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that the Holocaust was a myth, believes that the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, and has bragged about how effective Iran is in recruiting suicide bombers who “enlighten our future.”

President Obama has said that “this country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. A strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”

According to Compass Colorado, that belief in clean energy is egregious enough to compare Obama to a dictator who promotes mass murder.

When the Heartland Institute attempted the same kind of campaign, the fallout was swift — with 11 corporations pulling support from the organization. Ahmadinejad doesn’t have the same kind of lurid cultural relevance that Ted Kaczynski or Charles Manson have in America, but the attempt at shock value is no different than Heartland’s.

And just like Heartland, Compass Colorado is patting itself on the back for such a ridiculous campaign.

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10 Responses to “Is There Something in that Tea? More Billboard Insanity.”

  1. MorinMoss Says:

    The InsaniTea Party just never ends!

  2. otter17 Says:

    The association fallacy strikes again.


  3. clean energy=dictatorship dirty energy=freedom. flawless ‘logic’


  4. “It’s clear that Pace and Miklosi share the same anti-American energy sentiment as President Obama.” – COMPASS COLORADO’s press release.

    The percentage of anti-American electrons flowing through Colorado’s power grid has increased from <1% to >10% in one decade.

    http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=5750

  5. havinasnus Says:

    I really beleive that “angry” is the new “cleavage”.
    Seems to me that many, pretty main stream, news sites put up OpEd climate articles because they know the resulting comments post increase page-views; and so improve advertising revenue…
    … these campaigns are just taking that mode to a new medium. Look at the resulting coverage! It’s a copywriters dream to have their work reopened in the blogosphere and even the press.

    • Martin Lack Says:

      Or, alternatively…

      It is evidence that denialists have lost the scientific argument and, like fish out of water, are flailing around trying desperately to stave off asphyxiation.

      • havinasnus Says:

        Oh, I’m sure we’re nearing the end-game, but it’s an error to assume that everyone just acts out of panic when they’re loosing an argument… Think scorched earth, “safe” or “ladies” cigarets, gulags…
        These are costly and high profile campaigns – IMHO focused on entrenching the emotional position of those, we’ve all seen all over the blogosphere… And that is helped by blog posts like this! And I’d put good money that that was anticipated.


  6. [...] Entusiasti del successo ottenuto dalla campagna pubblicitaria dello Heartland, i copioni dell’Insani-Tea party del Colorado guidato da Ed Perlmutter, paragonano Obama ad Ahmadinejad. Se non si vede bene qui sotto, si vede meglio da Greenman. [...]


  7. if you suggest they are crazy they will deny it, if you suggest they are being funded by huge corps, they will deny it.

    • MorinMoss Says:

      Denial is their product, and only defense.
      But the documentary, AstroTurf Wars puts the lie in their deny.


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