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Posted on October 14th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

We’d like to talk about the pressing issues facing our country: the woeful economy, rising unemployment, the housing crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But we can’t talk about them because John McCain and Sarah Palin have distracted us with the politics of hate and fear.

Instead of discussing the real issues plaguing Americans, McCain and Palin have turned to fear-mongering and race-baiting, stoking the prejudices of their supporters.  The situation has become so critical that we’ve teamed up with Color of Change to put an end to these dangerous mob scenes.

Things have gotten so out of control that some conservatives have come forward to denounce McCain and Palin’s hate-mongering.  In an Op-Ed for The Baltimore Sun, Frank Schaeffer writes: “John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as “not one of us,” I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.”

Here’s how you can take action:

  1. Sign the open letter calling on McCain and Palin to reject the politics of hate.
  2. Sign up for a free video subscription and get the latest on the real McCain.
  3. Send this video to yours friends, and post it on your blogs and networking sites like Digg, where it will effectively reach those outside the choir.

Don’t let McCain and Palin undo the decades spent fighting for civil rights and equality in our country.

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

I was in a deep conversation with some Brave New Films supporters recently.  They were enthusiastic about the value of our videos in spreading the truth and motivating support, but they kept asking, “How do you reach people who don’t agree with you?”  Seems like a good time to explain why we ask you to forward the videos, Digg them, and encourage people to get their own free Brave New Films video subscription.  Before the attacks of the next debate, it is critical to get this information to as many people as possible.

Every day, our 20 videos on John McCain are seen by several hundred thousand people searching and browsing the Internet for information on McCain.  They are literally typing in “john mccain” into Google, where our video is the #4 result.  The same search on YouTube yields several more videos from The Real McCain series, which will only increase in the coming weeks.  So far, these videos have received over 11 million views.

Think about it, if you didn’t know much about John McCain, what would you do?  Probably two things.  Type “john mccain” into Google, and ask your friends what they think.

That’s where YOU come in.  When you get an e-mail from us with our latest video, what happens in the next 24 hours determines how far the video will reach outside the audience who would typically watch it. The more views on the video, the higher it goes on YouTube’s most viewed pages, seen by 60 million people a month.  The more people who Digg it–a critical tool to reach those outside the choir–the better chance we have of getting on the Digg homepage, which is seen by 20 million people a month.

Every time we get on these top pages, we get tens of thousands of additional views from people who might otherwise have watched a cat playing the piano, a magic ping pong ball, or a pretty woman falling in the shower.  We estimate that getting on the Digg homepage generates an additional 30,000-50,000 viewers.  The YouTube most viewed page alone can add another 100,000 views!

Anything you do that increases the number of views helps.  Posting on your blog, on Facebook, on MySpace, sending emails, leaving comments on other sites, and Digging it. The important thing to understand is it’s not just the people who view it that we reach, it’s the ripple effect those views have, pushing our videos higher up Google, YouTube, Digg, and all over the Internet.  And that ripple effect extends months and even years down the road.

That #4 result on Google is a video we put out in February of 2007!  70,000 people watched it last week.  Yes, it would be easier to spend millions of dollars on TV ads, but that is not what we do.  Think about the difference in watching a video that has been sent to you by someone you know, versus skipping through a TV ad.  What a difference in impact!

And when you get your friends to subscribe to the free Brave New Films video subscription, they become true force multipliers by sending to people who agree, who watch, who motivate, who send to others, and help us reach many people who don’t agree with us.

So, help us get the word out about McCain now before the next debate.  Below are four videos that explain McCain’s stances on four crucial issues: the environment, the economy, tax cuts, and abortion.  Let’s get that ripple effect going now by spreading these to everyone you know and getting them on blogs and sites like Digg.

1. McCain’s Green Economy: Drill, Baby, Drill:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ecA2L-VuQ

2. John McCain: Economic Disaster:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk

3. Why the Rich Love McCain’s Tax Plan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwtayJCK5LY

4. The REAL McCain is anti-choice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAAYxCCT-Bg

Help increase the number who know the facts, and reach those who don’t.  Now is the time

Posted on September 19th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

When it comes to the environment, John McCain only has the interests of Big Oil at heart.  That’s why he has over 22 Big Oil lobbyists advising him.  That’s why he favored lifting the moratorium on off-shore drilling — a move that prompted Big Oil to donate over $1 million to his campaign.  And thanks to the League of Conservation Voters, we’ve got the proof!

The senate will likely be voting next week on these issues.  Please call Senator McCain’s office in Washington (202-224-2235), and tell him to stop siding with Big Oil and start supporting clean energy.  Make everyone aware of McCain’s deep ties to Big Oil by forwarding this video to five people and telling them to do the same. Don’t forget to Digg it!

Then, tell everyone you know to tune into Meet the Bloggers today at 1pm ET/10am PT, when our topic will be the environment, sustainability, and Big Oil vs. innovation.  Our special guest, environmental journalist Simran Sethi, will be joined by bloggers Kevin Grandia (DeSmogBlog.com), Brad Johnson (ThinkProgress.org) and Kate Sheppard (Grist.org) to discuss <font>where both of the Presidential candidates stand on the environment</font>.

Check out some of the articles below to learn more about the raging battle between sustainability and Big Oil, and then join us at 1pm ET/10am PT to be part of the conversation.

If you missed a previous episode of Meet the Bloggers, you can always find them in the archives.

Posted on August 27th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

Not only does John McCain have at least 10 properties he can't remember, but he also owns a parking lot in Phoenix Arizona worth between $1.4 and $2.4 million. That's over $1 million more than the average American home!

It's no wonder McCain has said time and time again that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong."  He's living in the land of affluence, and has no concept of just how terrible our economy has become under President Bush.  According to the U.S. Census, 37.3 million people were living in poverty in 2007.  45.7 million (15.3 percent of the population) don't have health insurance—a staggering number that has risen by 6 million since Bush took office in 2001.  And yet McCain extols Bush's economy and proposes his own policies that would sink our country further into debt.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said that when it comes to the economy,

"I think John McCain is wrong. He doesn’t even know how many homes he has. … We’ve seen the McCain position as just a continuation of the Bush Administration. It’s President Bush’s policies that got us into the mess that we have now. And it’s not only a short term crisis, it’s long term and it has to be addressed. Workers are having a tough time. The wage inequality that’s out there is unbelievable, and health care and retirement security are threatened. Those are some of the reasons that we’re not supporting John McCain."

When we launched McCain's Mansions, you recognized that McCain is out of touch with hard-working Americans.  That's why you spread it around and got the mainstream media to take notice and question McCain on this issue.  It exposed McCain for the elitist he really is, and turned our ailing economy into a number one issue for Democrats. 

Now's your chance to keep the economy front and center by spreading McCain's Million Dollar Parking Lot.  Let everyone know that while the majority of Americans are struggling to make mortgage payments and pay for necessities like health insurance and gas, John McCain has a parking lot worth $1 million more than the average home.    

Posted on April 19th, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

Last week's Democratic debate in Philadelphia was an abysmal display of journalism.  By sticking to trivial topics for half of the debate, ABC sought to provoke controversy without asking the candidates serious questions.  The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins wrote that the debate "ventured into territory so utterly asinine that I could scarcely believe what I was witnessing."
Ironically, the mainstream media have been giving John McCain a free ride while trying to pin Clinton and Obama with manufactured "gotcha" questions.  In fact, they don't seem to be challenging McCain at all.  So there's no reason to think ABC's brand of pseudo-journalism won't continue tomorrow morning, when George Stephanopoulos will interview McCain on his show. 

We used satire in this video because we felt it's our most effective way to make a point about the shoddy journalism coming from ABC.  The network was so desperate to stir up controversy at the debate that Stephanopoulos took incendiary remarks from FOX's Sean Hannity and tried to pawn them off as his own question
 
We can't let the FOXification of the mainstream press continue.  What's more, we can't allow journalists like Stephanopoulos to give John McCain a free pass.  What are the satirical questions you think Stephanopoulos and his colleagues should be asking McCain?  Post them to the website and let us know just how shoddy their journalism has become.  We'll award the best (meaning worst) satire.  It's high time we hold ABC to higher journalistic standards!

And please support the work of Campaign for America's Future in forcing intelligent questions onto Sunday news shows.  Weekend Watchdog's Bill Scher wants Stephanopoulos to ask, among other things, why McCain hasn't given "consistent straight answers about what seven years of conservative economic policies have done to the American economy?"  Weigh in with your own substantive questions.

Posted on April 3rd, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

Robert Lopez served 8 years in our military, fighting in Iraq as a tank commander.  He was told he'd get his whole education bill paid for when he got out of the service, but like so many others, Mr. Lopez has faced the bleak reality of a government that has turned its back on its veterans.

That is why Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel proposed the new GI Bill, which would bring back WWII-style standards of providing vets with full tuition, room and board.  And that is why 51 senators have signed on, including 9 Republicans like John Warner, giving this GI Bill tremendous bipartisan support.

But it isn't enough.  Faced with unprecedented filibusters, the only way to ensure Senate passage of the GI Bill is to get 60 co-sponsors. So far, John McCain has refused.  The same McCain who insists he supports our troops.  The same McCain who is voting lockstep with the Bush administration (who have also resisted this bill).  We need to get John McCain to lead — to sign now and signal to other Republican leaders that we should be strongly behind our vets.

Robert Lopez thinks John McCain ought to stand in his shoes to know how difficult it is to be a vet and have to pay staggering education costs.  THIS is your call to arms.  Pass the video along and implore your friends to sign the petition.

Vote Vets, WesPAC, and Brave New Films feel passionately about giving our veterans the support they rightly deserve.  Our government owes our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the opportunity to receive full educational benefits.  These patriots have fought hard for our government; it's time our government started fighting hard for them.

Posted on January 31st, 2008 by robertgreenwald - Comments -

Thanks to the casting sensibility of Arianna Huffington, we learned that John McCain has been channeling Dr. Strangelove!  Duly inspired, Phillip and our Issues 2008 team jumped into action, and 24 hours later, here's the video!

Pass it far and wide and pitch us your casting ideas for John McCain in the comments.

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