National Review (via Garance Franke-Rupta)
Supporters of embattled presidential hopeful Herman Cain have released a new campaign ad that targets the media for his troubles. The spot — which lasts about one minute and 15 seconds — features footage from MSNBC, front pages from the LA Times and New York Times, and logos from The Daily Beast, Politico, The Huffington Post, CNN, ABC, NPR and The Washington Post. “The mainstream media goes for the ugliest racial stereotypes they can to attack a black conservative,” says Rush Limbaugh in a voice-over taken from comments made earlier in the week.
The ad also recycles footage of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, during which he famously described his experience as a “high-tech lynching.”
Thomas was accused of sexual harassing Anita Hill. Cain is accused of sexually harassing at least two women he worked with while at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. A new poll out today shows Cain continues to rise in popularity despite news that the association paid financial settlements to both of these women. Republican women were less likely than men to continue supporting him.
Here’s the ad:
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