Web Ad For Bobby Jindal Uses Voices (Including Mine) Without Permission
Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks correctly identifies me, among others, including himself, as being used in a misleading ad promoting the presidential prospects of Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. A group calling itself “America for Change” cobbled together a bouquet to Jindal that gives the impression that Chris Matthews, David Gregory, Chris Wallace, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Uygur, and I all endorse a Jindal run for president in 2012.
I can hear myself asking Jindal, “Do you see the Republican Party fighting for, a face for, a direction?” As that is totally out of context, I have no idea what that question means. All the sound bites, in fact, are taken out of context, and the implication is that all the words are some kind of endorsement for Jindal.
For his part, Uygur is not a Jindal supporter as he calls him “cuckoo for cocoa puffs,” and not in the least because of Jindal’s tale of experiencing an exorcism that was peformed on a female friend. One wonders if the public will accept a candidate writes of holding hands with his prayer partners and shouting,”Satan, I command you to leave this woman,” and who says of the experience:
“Whenever I concentrated long enough to begin prayer, I felt some type of physical force distracting me,” Jindal reflected. “It was as if something was pushing down on my chest, making it very hard for me to breathe… I began to think that the demon would only attack me if I tried to pray or fight back; thus, I resigned myself to leaving it alone in an attempt to find peace for myself.”
Toward the conclusion of what Jindal called “the tremendous battle between the Susan we knew and loved and some strange and evil force,” Jindal and his friends forced Susan to read passages from the Bible. “She choked on certain passages and could not finish the sentence ‘Jesus is Lord.’ Over and over, she repeated “Jesus is L..L..LL,” often ending in profanities,” Jindal wrote. Finally, evil gave way to the light. “Just as suddenly as she went into the trance, Susan suddenly reappeared and claimed ‘Jesus is Lord.’ With an almost comical smile, Susan then looked up as if awakening from a deep sleep and asked, ‘Has something happened?’”
While I am personally a believer in whatever works for a believer of a particular practice, I’m not sure this would sit well with the GOP electorate. Here is Cenk’s take: