Ed Driscoll

The Greatest Hollywood Digital Special Effects Job In History

Titled, “Obama: I’m Not a Muslim! Forward This to Everyone You Know”, this Wired article contains this unintentionally ironic passage:

The Obama campaign announced the debunking effort with an e-mail barrage from John Kerry of Massachusetts, in which the former presidential candidate urges supporters to “e-mail the truth” to everyone on their address books, to print out the facts about Obama’s background and post them at work, and to call local radio stations and talk to neighbors.

“If lies can be spread virally, let’s prove to the cynics that the truth can be every bit as persuasive as it is powerful,” Kerry wrote in the note.

Kerry’s note was titled “Swiftboating” — a reference to Kerry’s own presidential campaign in 2004, which was famously sunk by falsities spread by the lobbying group Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth.

Yes, how did the Swift Vets, on their budget, talk Industrial Light & Magic into digitally inserting Kerry into footage of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations back in 1971, and pay Rich Little for doing an outrageously over-the-top Boston Brahmin accent? (But c’mon Rich–JJJJJennnghis Kahn? isn’t that a bit too much? Nobody will believe it!) To complete the ultimate scam, ILM then digitally inserted Kerry, much like Hollywood’s Forrest Gump a decade ago, onto the set of the Dick Cavett Show from that same year. And they talked C-Span into running that footage in 2004. Amazing!

Update: Related thoughts from Mike Hendrix and Power Line.