October 10, 2006



The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained an exclusive copy of a "scary" campaign advertisement created by Hollywood producer and director David Zucker that was intended to be used by GOP organizations in the closing weeks of the 2006 campaign.

However, the advertisement was deemed "too hot" by GOP strategists all across Washington, DC who have refused to use it!

The David Zucker Albright Ad

YouTube Censors Anti-Dem 'Scary Movie' Commercial (Matthew Sheffield on October 10, 2006, News Busters)

After Drudge picked it up, Democratic YouTube viewers used the site's software to "flag" the video as "inappropriate," a designation usually reserved for extremely violent or sexually explicit video clips. There is nothing even remotely sexual or violent in the clip. The closest thing to an explicit image in the ad is a scene in which "Albright" bends over and her skirt tears a bit in the seat, hardly the stuff that sets FCC commissioners' hearts aflutter.

While you can still view the video if you watch it embedded on another web site, if you try to watch it on YouTube, you'll be greeted with the message: "This video may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community. To view this video, please verify you are 18 or older by logging in or signing up."

This isn't the first time YouTube's editorial buzzsaw has dismembered conservative and politically incorrect speech. The site has repeatedly pulled videos critical of Islam, and even gone so far as banning popular conservative blogger Michelle Malkin from posting videos. No similarly high-profile liberal or anti-Christian censorship has been reported.

Questions also remain about YouTube's editorial process. It appears that the site allows anything (including sexually suggestive content and entire episodes of television shows) to be posted initially but if too many complaints about a particular clip come in, the software will automatically censor it. Almost certainly what happened with the Zucker ad is that liberal users complained it was "offensive" and managed to get the clip censored automatically.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2006 5:06 PM

That is utterly ferocious.

And hilarious.

And more'n a little effective.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 10, 2006 5:48 PM

More people will see it on the net than would have seen it on TV.

Posted by: erp at October 10, 2006 6:27 PM

"This video may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community."
Inappropriate for who, Ms Albright; democrats? Fer cryin' out loud.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at October 10, 2006 7:46 PM

The folks trying to make this video forebidden fruit only serve to increase it's notariety, which doesn't serve the Democrats well in the long run. As for the content itself, it's probably a little too unfocused for your average viewer on TV nowadays, who's used to 15-30 second soundbyte commercials, but perfect for the web, where people will go hunting longer videos when the buzz on them is hot.

Also, if you want to throw a little scratch Mr. Zucker's way for his work, Paramount's about to release the six-episode run of "Police Squad" on DVD.

Posted by: John at October 10, 2006 9:39 PM