“The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama,” Jim Kuhnhenn reports for The Associated Press.
“Philip de Vellis, a strategist with Blue State Digital, acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was the creator of the video, which portrayed Clinton as a Big Brother figure and urged support for Obama’s presidential campaign,” Kuhnhenn reports.
Kuhnhenn reports, “De Vellis said he resigned from the firm on Wednesday after he learned that he was about to be unmasked by the HuffingtonPost.com., a liberal news and opinion Internet site.”
“Blue State designed Obama’s Web site and one of the firm’s founding members, Joe Rospars, took a leave from the company to work as Obama’s director of new media,” Kuhnhenn reports. “The 74-second clip, a copy of a 1984 Apple ad for its Macintosh computer, has recorded nearly 1.5 million views, with an enormous surge in the past two days.”
Kuhnhenn reports, “De Vellis said he used footage of an updated Apple ad that portrayed the female athlete wearing an iPod. He said he used standard Apple equipment to modify the video and edit Clinton’s image into the clip.”
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De Vellis wrote an admission and explanation on the Huffington site, “I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs… Let me be clear: I am a proud Democrat, and I always have been. I support Senator Obama. I hope he wins the primary.”
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“Hillary 1984” ad:
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “RadDoc” and “Adam W.” for the heads up.]
Unauthorized Obama Internet political ad converts Apple’s famous ‘1984’ commerical (with video) – March 19, 2007