Be Aware of Who's Behind That Ad

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, March 11, 2004

Be Aware of Who's Behind That Ad

Here is a brief primer on how to watch this season’s political commercials: don’t believe everything you see and hear.


For example, recall the supposed outrage over the Bush TV commercial that shows a tiny snippet of a building damaged on 9/11.  The activists who claim to speak for the victims’  families are part of an outfit called “September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.”  

One of the group’s founders, David Potorti, once wrote for a left-leaning weekly in North Carolina, railing against faith-based initiatives, companies without unions and the

“gaping inequities” in America.


The group was immediately welcomed into the Democratic network of money and support. Peaceful Tomorrows is a project of the Tides Foundation, which receives generous financial assistance from liberal foundations, including various Heinz family endowments. The chairman of at least one of these endowments is Teresa Heinz, the wife of John Kerry.


So, when you watch political commercials, remember their source and their intent.


I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

Be Aware of Who's Behind That Ad