Dueling foreign-policy ads: pick your poison

Whether you support or deplore U.S. military action in the Middle East, there’s a media campaign out there for you. As we wrote last week, there’s the Freedom’s Watch effort, which backs the Bush agenda for Iraq. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. senator from Vermont, has made an online video condemning Fox News Channel for its right-wing slant and calling on rival outlets to ask tough questions about Iran before the U.S. takes military action there. Tough talk and intense images characterize both campaigns. The polarizing effect is predictable: Salon.com blasts the “misleading message” from Freedom’s Watch and its spokesman, Ari Fleischer, while journalism scholar Bob Steele derides Sanders and his team for “accusing others of doing what they have done, which is to stitch together multiple snippets of video and very short sound bites to make an ideological argument.” Click on the links and draw your own conclusions. Say what you will, but both sides should be applauded for stirring debate.

—Posted by David Gianatasio