Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stealing an Ad from the Opposition?

A message from PFAW:

This is outrageous. A corporate-backed right-wing group fighting to dismantle workers' rights in Ohio hijacked the words and image of a great-grandmother who had filmed an ad for our allies, distorting her message and making it look like she supported their position against workers.

Tell Ohio TV stations to pull the Right's ad from the air now!

Cincinnati resident Marlene Quinn had filmed a TV ad for our friends at the "No on Issue 2" campaign -- the campaign to repeal Senate Bill 5, Ohio's version of the Wisconsin bill that stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights. In the ad, she told the story of her grandson and great-granddaughter's rescue by firefighters, and rightly made the case that passage of Issue 2 on the ballot this November, affirming SB 5, would lead to less firefighters there to protect Ohioans.

In a shockingly underhanded move, a leading right-wing group in the fight, Building a Better Ohio, stole the footage of Marlene for its own ad, and presented it in a way that made it look like Marlene was for Issue 2!

Ten Ohio TV stations have already pulled the ad and we're going to keep the pressure on the rest until do too. Help us by joining our petition to Ohio TV stations now.

In an email for our allies at the No on 2 campaign, Marlene said of the Right's ad:

"It's insulting to the brave firefighters who saved the life of my great-granddaughter. I'm outraged they are using my face and my words to push their harmful agenda. They certainly did not ask my permission. I feel violated."
Watch a side-by-side video comparison of the two ads and sign our petition now.

We hope you'll speak out against the Right's latest dirty tactic, and then engage others to do the same.
Thank you for all your support and activism to fight the Right's dirty tricks.
-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager 

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