NOM’s Unethical Swiping of Obama Rally Photos

10.26.2011, 3:33 AM

The website “Good As You” points out that NOM has swiped photos from Obama for President rallies and used them on their website as if they were photos of NOM rallies. (Here and here.)

Let’s face it — this sort of error is funny. (And I’m sure people on all sides get caught making funny errors now and again.)

But it’s also bothersome, ethically. Aside from the obvious deception regarding the size of the crowds at NOM rallies, isn’t it wrong to use a photo of people who, it’s pretty safe to guess, overwhelmingly oppose NOM’s goals?


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  4. Jim Hlavac says:

    It’s more than funny, it’s stupid political tricks. And it’s more than unethical, it’s deceit and fraud. They mush have knowingly chosen a photograph of a large crowd — one they know doesn’t exist at their rallies, one they had to have known had nothing to do with them – and presented it as their own crowd. That they used an Obama rally is one thing, the funny part I suppose; but even if they had used a photo of a Republican rally it still would have been knowingly using a photograph that wasn’t theirs. Most photos are copyrighted — so it might even be an illegal use of other’s work, and I doubt NOM paid the photographer for his work, nor asked permission of the news source for reuse, and I doubt either of them would have allowed it. So it’s far more intricate than merely “funny” or “unethical” but something rather legally suspect.

    But thank you for bringing this to a wider audience.

  5. Jeffrey says:

    Barry must be shocked to discover he’s now part of the great right-wing industrial complex.

  6. Bill says:

    Worse than what NOM did with the fraudulent photos is that Barry Deutsch classifies this as ‘an error.’

    An error, Barry? Really?

    Jeez.

  7. Bill, I think you’re misunderstanding what I mean by the word “error” (probably a poor word choice on my part).

    I don’t mean that it was an innocent error. Clearly, this wasn’t an innocent error; whoever makes NOM’s images was perfectly aware that it was a photo of an Obama rally, not a photo of a NOM rally.

    I meant “error” in the sense of “a bad idea that’s embarrassing to their organization.” In the same sort of way that nominating Sarah Palin to be your vice-presidential candidate is an error, swiping Obama photos for NOM ads is an error.

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