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Tom Cotton uses ISIS video for campaign ad

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

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Steve Benen writes about Tom Cotton's use of Islamic insurgents as a campaign tool. He borrowed from propaganda video to make his own TV ads.

In recent months, most of the Republicans incorporating ISIS propaganda into their commercials have relied on the ISIS video in which James Foley was murdered. Foley’s family has pleaded not to even watch the footage, but in a few cases, politicians on the right have ignored those wishes.

But Andrew Kaczynski has uncovered an even more outrageous example.

An ad from Republican Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton about his military experience and national security issues uses footage from an ISIS propaganda video as B-roll.

Cotton’s ad, “Decisions,” which came out on Oct. 13, highlights the “tough decisions” Cotton would have to make as a senator about ISIS, the militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, and cites Cotton’s work as an Army Ranger.

The ad about ISIS uses footage directly from the group – a 55-minute long ISIS video, “Flames of War,” which was professionally made and features graphic content that includes a mass execution of a group of men who fall into a ditch.


Comments Benen:

I honestly never thought I’d see the day. Far-right politicians, eager to seem “tough” on terror, are deliberately putting terrorists’ propaganda on the air, on purpose, to advance their personal ambitions.

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