Is It Lying If You Say It in Spanish?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Is It Lying If You Say It in Spanish?

Even for the GOP this is gobsmackingly craven. From Carpetbagger:
Just to follow up on a post from Saturday, the RNC has put together a Spanish-language radio ad, for broadcast in four western cities with large Hispanic populations, which blames Democrats for an anti-immigration provision sponsored by a Republican, approved by Republicans, and inspired by a Republican presidential administration. The RNC's ad, to put it mildly, is wildly misleading.

Let's take a moment to consider the Republican response here. The 60-second spot — in Spanish — blames Democrats for legislation that passed the Republican-controlled House that would make illegal immigrants subject to felony charges. "Reid's Democrat allies voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as felons," the ad says, "while President Bush and Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our borders and honor our immigrants."
Do you think Rush Limbaugh and all his listeners would care if they knew the GOP was misrepresenting their positions-- trying to pass off Dem positions as their own-- in Spanish to Spanish-speaking audiences?

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