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Mission Accomplished Video Doctored by White House

Anyone who thinks the White House isn't interested in misleading the American Public needs to watch this:

The video is still on the White House web site in its doctored form. Here's a link. Scroll to the bottom story, and click on the video link.

[Note: Commenter cirby has challenged the accuracy of this post and the claim that the White House doctored the video in order to remove the "Mission Accomplished" banner. He's provided links which present evidence supporting his position - see the comment thread for more. - Lee]


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Comments (27)

U.P. Man:

Your Point?

The fact that that you are harping on "Mission Accomplished" is reason enough to remove it from a video that is to show the speech.

Now, did you listen to the speech? Did he say all fighting in Iraq was over? That everything that had to be done in Iraq was done?

Or did he congratulate the crew for doing their part? For "Accomplishing their Mission"

"The fact that that you are harping on "Mission Accomplished" is reason enough to remove it from a video that is to show the speech."

The reason for the White House to doctor the video is to prevent the American people from recognizing that they were sold a bill of goods on May 1,2003 by the President of the United States. He stood in front of a banner that said "Mission Accomplished" when the mission was far, far from being accomplished.

The President had no fricking clue as to what would happen next when he made that speech on May 1, 2003 -- just as he now has no fricking clue what will happen next.

Allen:

OT, are the puggies going to start calling Condi a traitor, as she is going to Syria. Remember when Nancy went there the puggies were going ballistic.

Oh hum, just a different spin now.

cirby:

The reason you don't see the banner in this video is that it was shot from a different camera, from a much lower angle. By CNN.

That banner was never IN that shot, they didn't edit out anything except for the CNN scroll across the bottom.

This was debunked about a day after it was put on YouTube, last year...

If you're going to put stuff on WizBang Blue, at least do a competent Google search first.

U.P. Man:

Did the ship accomplish it's mission?

In his speech did he state the everything in Iraq was done?

Do you know what is going to happen in the Kentucky Derby? Who the winner is ?

Oh, you can't see the future either.

How many post have you made harping on the "mission accomplished" ?

The banner would appear in the opening shot as the President walks up to the podium, except the WH doctored the video, pushing the video up in the frame so that the banner is pushed out of frame on top.

Put down the kool-aid cirby. You're surprised that right wing blogs lied to you? Come on...

U.P. Man:

The video you linked too, does not show President Bush walking up to the podium.

So your point is ?

It most certainly does U.P. What video are you watching? Apparently not the one I linked at the White House.gov site.

When you watch that video note that the first several seconds are blacked out also. Then when the picture pops on you can see the president's head as he walks up to the podium.

The White House reframed the video to eliminate the banner which otherwise would have been visible at the top of the screen.

cirby:

As I said, Lee, this was debunked LAST YEAR. It took about ten seconds to find this on Google.

You need to retract your entire piece.

cirby:

The White House reframed the video to eliminate the banner which otherwise would have been visible at the top of the screen.

Nope. But you knew that. From the camera angle, there's no way in hell they could have got that banner without panning REALLY high above the President's head - and that didn't happen in the original shot. The other videos, from the other networks did show the banner, but not that one.

Like I said - debunked. But it does show who's REALLY interested in misleading the American public...


civil behavior:

Banner shown, banner not shown the lie is havy on Bush.

It wasn't a slam dunk and the facts were fixed around the policy.

But hey we're in the last throes huh cirby?

You (or anyone else) are welcome to show where it was debunked, cirby.

I have a fair amount of experience with video and editing, and it's very apparent that the video has been cropped.

Note also on the White House.gov version that the first several seconds of the video the picture is blacked out as the camera starts wide and slowly zooms in as the president approaches.

cirby:

You (or anyone else) are welcome to show where it was debunked, cirby.

You didn't even bother doing a Google, did you?

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006347.htm

From the links on Malkin's post (while hardly definitive because the angles are so different) it does appear that camera angle seen in the whitehouse.gov video might not show the banner after all, but I didn't see anything explaining the blacked out picture at the start of the whitehouse.gov video.

That could have been a wide shot which showed the banner, which was subsequently blacked out.

And I can't believe that I just wrote a comment that suggests that Michelle Malkin might have proven something - that's such a foregn concept....

I'm not 100% convinced, but I'm waffling...

U.P. Man:

So, Lee,

You are saying the Whitehouse did not edit the video, they just did not show all of it?

Which would be different from your post?

Cirby - I've posted a note at the bottom of my post pointing out your accuracy challenge, and directing readers to the links you've provided here in the comment thread which support your position. Thanks - Lee

U.P. Man:

Good for you Lee,

Though the links don't go where you think they go.

U.P. Man:

Lee,

Went to the Whitehouse site, checked 5 or 6 videos listed, all start blank for a couple of seconds then the picture shows up.

Each one I checked had a black bar at the bottom.

Will you now retract this post as being Much ado about nothin?

Chip:

Lee,

Want to restore credibility? Change the title to something like...

Mission Accomplished Video Possibly Doctored by White House

And maybe change....
"Anyone who thinks the White House isn't interested in misleading the American Public needs to watch this:"
to...
We post, you decide. (wink, wink)

"Went to the Whitehouse site, checked 5 or 6 videos listed, all start blank for a couple of seconds then the picture shows up.

Not the same as this one - UP Man. This one starts with sound but no picture for several seconds. What did the White House redact from the first several seconds? Show me the 5 or 6 (or 2 or 1?) videos on the same page that start with sound but no picture for several seconds.

U.P. Man:

Here they are, from the same page.
Using the link you provided above.

May 31 2003 Remarks to Poland.
May 27 2003 Congrats to Anehiem Angels
May 23 2003 President meets with Japanese Prime Minister
May 22 2003 Looks forward to Economic Recovery bill
May 19 2003 Welcomes President Arroyo
May 15 2003 Honors fallen Peace Officers

There's six, all start with blank screen, then sound then picture with black bar at bottom.

Are you willing to admit your post is wrong?

civil behavior:

HELLO........ANYONE HOME?????

Arguing over the existence of the banner is soooo ridiculous.

The "Commander Guy" (same as the "Decider" guy)said mission accomplished and it certainly is a long way from being so. That is the essence.

We have destroyed a country and made refugees out of 2 million of its people. If that was the mission then yes it has been accomplished.

I don't think that was the intent.

It's time to admit the failure of this administration to do anything right and get them the hell out.

I checked the very first one - Remarks to Poland, and after the usual few seconds where nothing happens the picture and sounds start, together -- unlike the "Mission Accomplished" video where the sounds starts but the White House has blacked out the video for the first five seconds.

I checked the second one you've listed, Congrats to Anaheim Angels, and it's starts correctly also. As near as I can tell, only the "Mission Accomplished" video has been doctored.

I'm not going to bother checking any of the others since I checked most of them yesterday -- and you're clearly a troll, an idiot, or both.

Heralder:

Civil Behavior:

It's time to admit the failure of this administration to do anything right and get them the hell out.

End of term is 2008. Make sure you vote.

U.P. Man:

Must call you a liar Lee.

Checked everyone of them twice.

But I will not get into this back and forth with you on this.

1st you complained about the black bar, is it there for all video from that month? This is what your original (stolen) post was about.

You where proven wrong by Cirby and again by me.

Then it was they edited his walking up to the video but not the audio of him walking up to the podium.

When would it not have been easier to just start the whole clip right at him at the podium?

Now you claim I'm an idiot, a troll or both.

When I have answered your challenges in good faith according to what I have seen. All those I listed sound starts first, then video. I checked same videos from 2005, there they do not.

So I call you a liar.

Did you have a question, Hoggy, or were you just rooting for truffles?


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