The Democratic National Committee released an advertisement, posted on the DNC’s “Rapid Response” YouTube Channel, mocking George W. Bush.  The ad was laughable, and much derided.

Here is how it appeared in my post earlier today, Extremely Effective DNC Ad:

Now the DNC has pulled the video from its YouTube Channel.  Here is what readers get when they click on the video:

Here is what the link turns up at YouTube:

Great job, DNC.  Did you forget that the internet has memory?  The video still is available from Mediaite and my YouTube Channel.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54f0NytBlBg]

Update 8-21-2010:  The DNC apparently has edited the first video, removing scenes from the City Center Las Vegas project trumpeted by Harry Reid, and then posted a new version.  So the DNC is standing by its claims that the Democrats have done wonders for us and that everything is Bush’s fault. (Note to readers:  At the time I prepared this post, the new video had not been re-posted yet; it appears that the DNC uploaded its edited version within an hour or so thereafter.)

And

The whole sequence is beyond strange.  The original DNC ad was widely linked and embedded across the blogosphere, including at high volume and high profile sites such as Sam Stein’s column at HuffPo.  In fact, when I noticed that my embed went dead I checked Stein’s post, and noticed the same problem and that commenters were complaining.  It was at that point that I began to prepare my post.

It is hard to believe that a relatively sophisticated media operation like the DNC RapidResponse group would pull a video which it knew was widely circulated in order to do minor edits.  If I had to guess, I think they decided to pull the video, and then when people started complaining and it started getting attention, they reposted with a truly meaningless edit.  Why not just restore the original by turning off the private setting?

Either that, or they are completely incompetent, because all the links and embeds to the video they wanted publicized are now dead..

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