Liberal reaction full of holes

Too illustrative, too offensive? The Liberal comms strategy on this IS full of holes I’m sorry to say.

Yesterday, I went on Evan Soloman’s Power & Politics show to talk Photoshop faux-pas and the illustration that was put on the Liberal Party website showing the PM in a Liberal partisan “assassination fantasy”. I mentioned that ad hominem always fails in communications; personal attacks such as the Liberal photoshop failed and the Conservative poopin’ puffin failed too.

Soloman mentioned another illustration (which was not available at airtime) of “bullet holes” around Stephane Dion’s head that appeared on the Conservative Party website.

Here is the is the illustration in question, held up by Kinsella on P&P yesterday and today on CTV’s Canada AM:

One of the tools in a web designer’s toolbox is the stock photo. For a buck or two, a designer can grab a professional illustration or photo to accent a base illustration or photo. In this case, a Conservative web designer grabbed a stock photo of
“holes” from a website called iStockphoto (a website I highly recommend, btw).

Here is the image from iStockphoto:

and the name of the file on the iStockphoto website? Not “Bullet Holes” but “Paper Holes“:

Holes in Dion’s plan, holes in Dion’s platform?

Why do the Liberals only see death?

Let’s consider the process of the Liberal apology:
1) An apology from “The Web Team” at Liberal.ca if the assassination photoshop may have offended some people.
2) An apology from Ralph Goodale suggesting that social media does not allow for editorial control. This is so absolutely wrong and misleading. The Liberal.ca photoshop contest had a screening process (ie. “editorial control”)
3) An accusation from Warren Kinsella that the other guys are just as bad so let’s all just forget the Liberal transgression.

When the poopin puffin was released, the Prime Minister apologized to Stephane Dion. When will Michael Ignatieff apologize to Stephen Harper for a mock assassination photo that appeared on the Liberal leader’s website?

Comments

comments

  • jckirlan

    Did you even read the post? It's better to aim before you shoot. If you did read it , then your comprehension must be poor.

  • http://twitter.com/tjfriese Timothy J. Friesen

    I'm curious how this “obvious” explanation only just occured to you, months after the image being made available on the web?

  • Liz J

    The image in question is new to me fella. It's not too difficult to know when a hole is punched or bored.

    Enjoy the dig with your fellow desperate Liberals.

  • Gayle

    You are wrong about that. Apologies for offensive conduct come all the time, even when not everyone is offended.

    Politicians should not have to poll people and get a 100% offended rate before they issue an apology for being offensive.

  • Gayle

    I read it. I think your ability to express yourself is what is lacking here.

  • Gayle

    Wow, very insightful Roy. A doctor, who taunts like he is still in junior high school. Your mother must be proud.

    Let me know when you have something substantive to say.

  • Gayle

    Which has nothing to do with the fact that Harper probably misses his totally biased and slanted talk show, but then you never were one for staying on point.

  • jckirlan

    In classic communist style, go ad hominem when debate fails. True to form, you took the bait.

  • feyenoord

    I think we should have an independent judicial investigation to get to the bottom of this.

  • AlexinEdmonton

    Let's assume for the sake of argument that those are bullet holes and not paper holes.

    There is a profound difference between using cartoony bullet holes surrounding a picture of Dion and photoshopping Harper's head onto an image of an actual event, an actual image of someone having their life extinguished. The former is obviously a metaphor, i.e. the Liberal Party was taking shots at Dion. You'll note that Dion isn't actually struck by any bullets. There's no blood or violence. Even to a sixth grader, the “bullet” holes are obviously metaphorical for the disdain Dion was receiving from his own party. The advertisement is obviously satirical in nature. The latter shows someone actually being murdered with Harper's head pasted on top of Oswald's, someone in the final moments of their life. It is violent in nature, and while it's meant to be funny, it comes across as purely tasteless, even to the many Liberal supporters. Seeing as this photo contest was supposed to tie in with the Copenhagen summit, it doesn't even make sense. It's just tasteless garbage.

    Here's a litmus test: How many were outraged at that Dion image? If it had truly been offensive, the media in our country would have been all over it in seconds. But it couldn't be intepreted as such at the time, and the fact that Kinsella is pulling it out of his filing cabinet months later to compare it to the Harper image is an indicator of that. It also really cheapens the supposed remorse the Liberals are showing. And yes, I know WK doesn't work for the Liberals anymore, but he's representative of the Liberal partisan.

  • Gayle

    Ha ha ha

    I trust you are speaking about yourself. Or did you miss it when you said “your comprehension must be poor”?

    I know what you said, and my comment stands. Instead of defending your comment you attack me. That is the classic definition of ad hominem.

  • Gayle

    Yes, there is a difference. I do not think anyone would disagree.

    It is, however, utterly hypocritical for CPC supporters to get all morally outraged and self-righteous about this photo-shop when their party has been guilty of much the same thing.

    The excuse that everyone would be offended by one photoshop, and only some people would be offended by the other, does not really hold water.

  • m123T

    Please supply proof that PMSH is sorry he appointed Senator Duffy.
    Why do you say that.

  • m123T

    Re Colvins rebuttal, did you read where he suggested taking fewer prisoners. Is he suggesting they be killed instead of captured, or is he suggesting they should be ignored, to go and kill our troops, throw acid, behead people and plant landmines.
    Considering the liberals favor assassination, perhaps that is what he is suggesting in that statement.

  • Gayle

    I said it as a joke. The point is that Duffy was beyond biased in his show (a bias which he proved when he accepted the appointment to the Senate).

    Now the CPC have to go on a show where the host is not trying to curry Harper's favour.

  • slith

    Gayle,

    It's mind boggling that you–an individual who has trolled blogs for years calling conservatives out for their “two wrongs don't make a right” defense of ill-conceived political behaviour–are now using this to defend the indefensible.

    I had to scratch my head. But then it dawned on me: you're a liberal and in your own mind and that of your liberal brethren, this means you can't possibly be wrong. Hypocrite.

  • Retired Eagle

    Where have you been? In Eden? If you listen you will hear an angry, unforgiving man without a soul. PM Harper is about unChristian as a person could get if we define a Christian as a person of love. Photoshopped photos should never be allowed in any serious journalistic publication (electronic or other). That said, freedom of expression does exist … until Christians extirpate said freedoms from the face/body/soul of Canada. Lead with the heart, not with vengeance and the idea of payback.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    The interpretation being: hey, is that guy getting shot? Yes.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Both the image I've produced above of “paper holes” and this one: http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-2647106-

    have the same first keyphrase: “cut or torn paper”

  • Gayle

    Which would be a fair comment, if I were actually saying two wrongs make a right.

    But I am not, so it isn't.

    Maybe read my comment and try again.

  • takedeadaim

    my God. Am i actually reading fellow conservatives trying to tell each other than those holes around Dion are “paperholes” ?

    Really ? So i recently got an email of jpegs of different things in nature (trees, clouds, bushes) that look like naughty parts of people. if i sent this email to my fellow conservatives, you'd just stare at me blank faced and say 'what's the big deal about a bunch of clouds and trees?'. Of course, it looks like something other than a cloud or tree, but since it's just a cloud, if i'm interpreting something else then really that's just my own biased perspective?

    Can we not try so hard to win that we end up looking like the liberals used to look when they were in power?

  • http://twitter.com/eapr9 eapr9

    ditto Gayle. I am quite serious, I think you are a paid grit troll. My 85 yo mother who is also a doctor is very proud of me. I'm sure your mother is thrilled that you spend your life mollycoddling young criminals in anticipation of them joining the liberal party war room.

  • Liz J

    That's the sort of comment Gayle is famous for and apparently passes for civility.

    Guess it's OK if we speculate on what profile of Gayle might look like, ah, forget it, not worth the bother.

    I have heard she does have a squeaky voice, thank goodness we don't have to listen to that.
    BTW, notice she's not always “en pointe”.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    keep on topic, please!

  • Gayle

    Snort. I said get back to me when you have something “substantive” to say. You do understand what I mean, right? You are, after all, educated and all.

    Unless, of course, you actually cannot think of anything intelligent to say on this subject.

    Your mother must be proud.

  • east of eden

    Who said anything about defining a Christian as a man of love? I referred to him as a man of faith – as he truly is. I, also, am a lifelong man of faith and I can tell you that any person of faith who goes around “loving” everybody and everything is a phony. We are human and not all of us are sweetness and light. Heck, even Christ had a temper – think of that temple scene. God certainly has a temper. So, bringing up your bit about PM Harper being un-Christian, sorry, I think your comment is completely without merit. I respect your right to an opinion but I also respect my right to dismiss that opinion, as I do; without rancour or personal attack.

  • east of eden

    Stephen – did you really have to include a photo of Garth? Urgh. I almost tossed my lunch.

  • east of eden

    PS – if you want to see what a lack of freedom of expression looks like, go to Afghanistan, Saudi, Syria, China, Zimbabwe, etc. I suppose it was the Christians who removed those freedoms? Whenever I read comments like that, I just shake my head and wonder why people cannot actually think for themselves instead of regurgitating speaking points which they heard or read somewhere.

  • Liz J

    Different strokes for different folks?

  • east of eden

    Dang – I think I spotted a little personal attack at the end of that comment.

  • east of eden

    Wow, nice drive-by personal attack

  • east of eden

    Hmmm, that could qualify as a personal attack.

  • batb

    Roy Eappen's comments are right on. I suspect, too, Gayle, that you're a paid troll for the Liberal$. I also suspect that you're not a “Gayle” at all with the only other alternative being that you're a “Gary.”

    Who's got the time, other than a paid operative (!), to be on top of every comment made on a Blogging Tories' blog? Unfortunately, “Gayle,” your ubiquitous presence has had the opposite effect of what you had intended: Your non-stop commentary is over-kill; it's a joke.

  • batb

    “Gayle”: “It is, however, utterly hypocritical for CPC supporters to get all morally outraged and self-righteous about this photo-shop when their party has been guilty of much the same thing.”

    Sorry. AlexinEdmonton made a very cogent point about the two images NOT being at all the same thing, with which I concur (see my comment 22 hours ago in reply to tedbetts).

    You don't get it, do you? You reveal your utter myopia every time you respond.

    You need a new pair of glasses, “Gayle.”

  • Gayle

    Yes Ardvark. The fact the bullet holes in the paper surround Dion's head has nothing to do with it, right?

  • Omanator

    I don't know why all you people are discussion the most obnoxious photo ever produced with those diheart Liberanos. It should be clear by now that the Liberal party of Canada is an empty Garbadge Bag. Empty of ideas, empty of honesty, and empty of plans of any kind. All they have is loudmouth propaganda pandits.

  • Observant

    Liberals practicing their brand of necropolitics … so obvious.

  • batb

    Omanator: “All they have is loudmouth propaganda pandits [pundits?].”

    Yeah, well, that's the problem and why we're talking about it. 'Trying to make a point that the Librano$' pals in the media refuse to make. I agree that the LPC is a Garbage Bag, but not necessarily an empty one; they've got a lot trash to take out.

  • MrEd

    aren't bullet's round??? I don't see any round holes in the picture but then maybe I'm missing something the MSM, NDP, and Liberals seem to want to see…. must be the rose colored glasses effect

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  • http://bomshteyn.com Nathan

    Great Post, Thanks… I like your mini investigation about the holes. ;-)

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    What does a baby computer call his father?
    Data.

    What is an astronaut's favorite key on a computer keyboard?
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    Why was there a bug in the computer?
    It was looking for a byte to eat.

    What is a computer virus?
    A terminal illness.

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  • http://bomshteyn.com Nathan

    Great Post, Thanks… I like your mini investigation about the holes. ;-)