Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bilirakis Hires Swiftboat Media Team

State Representative Gus Bilirakis has hired the media firm of Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm to help his campaign the 9th Congressional District. They are best known for producing the "Swiftboat" ads used by third party groups to attack Senator John Kerry's military service in Vietnam in 2004 (see Daryl Cagle cartoon). They also produced the more recent ad used by Senator Sherrod Brown. The ad was criticized for doctoring photos of the 9-11 attacks.

While only a small sample of their work, these ads have caused the firm to develop a reputation for both negative ads and questionable factual content.

The campaign of Bilirakis' opponent, former Hillsborough County Comissioner Phyllis Busansky is warning supporters to expect negative attacks. The GOP leadership in Washington, DC has already indicated that they intend to spend most off the campaign warchest on attack ads this cycle and this race is likely to be no exception.

Gus Bilirakis is the son of retiring incumbent congressman, Mike Bilirakis.


At 9/16/2006 01:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bilirakis sohuld have the guts to run on his own record and merits withou hiring these low lifes to smear his opponent.

At 9/30/2006 05:52:00 AM, Blogger chancuff said...


CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
September 29, 2006

"American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes by our current Commander in Chief," charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

"Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards," continued Hancuff.

"I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote."

"My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha's political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln."

"Larry Bailey of is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief's incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world," added Hancuff.

This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

"These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq."

"I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006," said Hancuff adding, "Americans, American soldiers and their families deserve better."

"Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now."

On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey's Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

There is a video online at:

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The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too



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