Paul From Minneapolis

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The ACLU accomplishes the nearly impossible

Yesterday and again today, at Salon, the ad they force on a potential reader (you know, some guy who by dint of existing and owning a computer is equipped with a limitless supply of equally interesting, free, no-hassle options) is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union.

I think I've figured out how to save and link to it, here. It may die after today, though, in which case... well, I'll deal with it. (Note: It's dead. Keep reading.)

The message of the ad is to force the liberal readers of Salon, who may never have thought of it before, to realize that W is a liar, and should be impeached. The ad does this by first supplying us with a lie by Richard Nixon, concerning Watergate; and then what they call a lie by W, concerning the NSA issue.

Of course there could be debate about W's statement.

But you'd think, wouldn't you, that the ACLU - our go-to juggernaut on all things civil liberties - would be able to dig through their files on Nixon and Watergate and come up with a statement that was in fact an undeniable lie?

I think they managed to avoid that. I think they picked out the one statement by Nixon on the whole affair that was actually true. (Note: It's a statement that he didn't know about the break-in beforehand, and he didn't, unless I'm wrong and I don't think I am.)

Am I missing what they're up to here? Or should I hesitate before sending them my gigantic check (that being the actual point of the ad, of course).