GOP political figures and organizations tend to be the ones caught using stock photographs because their grifting doesn’t respect its marks. It happened again yesterday with the manufactured spectacle at the Daytona 500. Was Brad Parscale anything but lazy in reposting a 2004 shot of AF1 from a different angle of a departure.
The photographer who took the Ã¢ÂÂ04 shot, Jonathan Ferrey, says: Ã¢ÂÂI have a lot of talented colleagues photographing the Daytona 500 this year. I am unfortunately not there today, but apparently I won the Daytona 500 photography before the race even started.Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/0kDZ4wTFDK
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 17, 2020
Using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event https://t.co/GWNm8io8O1
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 16, 2020
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 16, 2020
Just as Trump was taking a victory lap at the Daytona 500 he was interrupted on Fox by them cutting to a Bloomberg ad portraying Trump as an overheated race car. This is the kind of “take it to them” attacks we need in real time, whoever your backinghttps://t.co/i8FjyXDoQe
— Duty To Warn Ã°ÂÂÂ (@duty2warn) February 16, 2020
Unfortunately for Trump, the network broadcasting the race where he was appointed to be Grand Marshall — a title that surely appealed to the president’s overblown sense of imperiousness — was Fox Sports where the imperative was making money from commercials, not acting as a retransmitter of Trump’s self-serving propaganda.
So instead of seeing the president deliver his spouting of boasts, insults, and rants that typically comprise his campaign rally speeches where ever he goes, the network cut away from his remarks before he could deliver them to their viewers.
Even more ironically, due to the strategic ad buy arranged by Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s media advisors, those viewers at home got to watch a political ad attacking the president created by the Bloomberg campaign.
Adding insult to injury, Fox Sports also cut away from the president’s joy ride around the Daytona track in his presidential limousine.x
A Daytona 500 day that began with the pageantry of a Trump visit devolved into a rain-soaked affair, with weather pushing the race back to Monday https://t.co/A7RxAdsp4R
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 17, 2020
President Trump and the First Lady saw precious little racing at Daytona International Speedway, thanks in part to a brief shower that delayed the start of the actual race. As drivers returned to their cars for the start of the race, now guarantee to end Sunday night, Air Force One took off, with Trump destined for a Western campaign swing.
— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) February 16, 2020