Saturday, March 11, 2006
THE DEAD PELICAN
by Chad E. Rogers
As revealed yesterday on THE DEAD PELICAN, Mitch Landrieu's campaign ad, called "Leadership," has created a furor on the campaign trail.
The ad has aroused suspicion about whether or not the footage of Landrieu's "rescue efforts" were staged, THE DEAD PELICAN revealed yesterday.
The campaign ad was previously unavailable on his web site, but after THE DEAD PELICAN raised the issue, it has surfaced on Landrieu's site and is available there now.
THE DEAD PELICAN reported earlier that there was a 60 second ad, although this one appears to be 33 seconds.
Take a look at it here!
Although some believe that Mitch had his own camera crew, a message was posted on Landrieu's website which stated otherwise.
It took the form of a " A Message from the Documentary Filmmakers Kevin McCaffrey and Neil Alexander," and reads as follows:
“We are independent documentary filmmakers who have covered the Katrina story since the day before the storm made landfall. Photographer and filmmaker Neil Alexander shot over 15 hours of footage in the 10 days that followed Hurricane Katrina. As he captured what was going on at the St. Claude Bridge in the 9th Ward, Neil ran into Lt. Governor Landrieu by chance while the Lt. Governor was on rescue missions along side Wild Life and Fisheries agents and first responders. He filmed Landrieu as he did hundreds of others who were on the ground. No other filmmakers or videographers were on the scene.”
Some cynics still express doubt that this was a "chance meeting," and insist that it's a strange coincidence indeed for a film crew to show up by chance and get such choice footage of Mitch.
So take a look at the video yourself. Does Mitch look a little too "clean" for someone who's been working hard at disaster relief? You be the judge!
LPNS COMMENTARY: LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE MORE "MITCHCRAFT" AT WORK.
LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT, THE GUY WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE LOUISIANA FILM COMMISSION, THE GUY WHO WORKS WITH ALL THE DOMESTIC MOVIE PRODUCERS IN OUR STATE TAKES OFF IN HIS STATE CAR ON STATE TIME TO JOIN THE WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES PEOPLE IN A HEROIC RESCUE MISSION JUST AFTER THE HURRICANE PASSES.
THE GUY WHO AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOT WAS PLANNING A RUN FOR GOVERNOR, THEN ACIDENTALLY RUNS INTO TWO AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY MAKERS AND THEY ALL DECIDE THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PUT MAKEUP ON MITCH AND FILM HIM ON CUE SAVING LITTLE BLACK CHILDREN FROM BEING DROWNED.
THIS POLITICALLY PRICELESS FILM IS THEN NOT TOUCHED, FORGOTTEN ABOUT UNTIL LAST WEEK WHEN IT WAS USED AS THE CENTRAL COMPONENT IN THE CANDIDATE'S 60 SECOND CAMPAIGN COMMERCIAL. WOW, WHAT LUCK, GEE, HOW FORTUNATE FOR THE CAMPAIGN, IT'S ALMOST A MIRACLE!
A FEW QUESTIONS COME TO MIND:
HOW WERE THESE PEOPLE COMPENSATED FOR THEIR ARTISTIC EFFORTS? DID THE MAKEUP PERSON GET PAID? WHAT ABOUT THE CAMERAMEN AND SOUND PEOPLE. GEE, WHAT ABOUT THE "DOCUMENTARY" PRODUCERS THEMSELVES? WERE THEY PAID ON THE SPOT OR WERE THEY PAID LAST WEEK AFTER THE PRODUCTION? OR DID THESE LOUISIANA ARTISTS SIMPLY DONATE THEIR TIME TO THE VALIANT AND COURAGEOUS MR. LANDRIEU?
WAS MITCH SHOOTING A CAMPAIGN SPOT ON STATE TIME USING STATE STAFF AND EQUIPMENT (CAR, PHONE, PDA, ETC.), OR WAS HE MERELY ACTING ALONE (NO PUN INTENDED) LENDING A HELPNG HAND TO HIS FELLOW MAN IN TIME OF NEED?
CYNICAL CRITICS WOULD CHARGE THAT BY NOT PLACING THESE EXPENSES ON HIS CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT HE WAS VIOLATING THE LAW. THEY MIGHT EVEN SAY THAT HE WAS JUST BEING A VERY CUNNING, SLICK CAREER POLITICIAN USING HIS POSITION OF PUBLIC TRUST FOR PERSONAL ADVANTAGE.
THEY MIGHT WONDER WHY MITCH FELT COMPELLED TO ISSUE A PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM THESE "DOCUMENTARY" PRODUCERS TO ANSWER CHARGES THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN MADE.
OTHERS MIGHT WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER 27 SECONDS OF THE CAMPAIGN AD ON HIS INTERNET SITE THAT WAS DELETED FROM THE ORIGINAL SIXTY SECOND VERSION BEING PLAYED AD NAUSEUM ON NETWORK TV.
THESE SAME CRITICS MIGHT SAY THAT NONE OF THIS IS UNUSUAL GIVEN THE $500,000 ADDITION TO THE LT.GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IN BATON ROUGE FOR LIVING QUARTERS SO "HIS CHILDREN WOULD HAVE A PLACE TO REST THEIR HEADS."