Sunday, July 29, 2012

Idaho Billboard Compares President Obama to Mass Murder James Holmes

Well, I haven't seen it in person. I only read about the billboard that compares President Obama to mass murderer James Holmes on the Internet. Here's the story:

The Huffington Post reports:
An electronic billboard in Caldwell, Idaho that compares President Obama to James Holmes, the 24-year-old man accused of killing 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20, has sparked outrage in the community, reports The Idaho Statesman.
The giant sign on Franklin Road and North 21st Avenue features a photo of Holmes with the words, “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault riffle, everyone freaks out,” written under his picture, juxtaposed to a photo of Obama with the words, “Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize,” written below.

The message is not going over well with the area's residents, who are outraged, calling it "offensive," "abhorrent," and "pathetic," reports NBC News. 

"This billboard is offensive to all those lives lost and affected by the shooting," wrote Fabiola G. Monrroy on the Facebook page of KBOI-TV, which first reported the story. "Just pathetic, even if this is their expression of the 1st amendment."
Most of the messages on the TV station's Facebook page echo Monrroy's sentiment, and Canyon County Democratic Party communications director Judy Ferro, told the Idaho Press-Tribune that she believes that even the late Ralph Smeed would object to it. “There’s no factual basis to it at all … it’s just offensive," she explained.

Edgy or poor taste? One regular commuter told the Statesman the board was “way, way out of line” and “offensive”: “I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, it was just beyond bad taste.”

I agree! It's another below-the-belt political ad.

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