This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Jon Stewart grilling John Ashcroft on torture; an unbelievable before-and-after as a billboard model is transformed; and a satirical campaign ad so preposterous that the GOP won’t even run it.
No. 1: Let the Eagle Soar
Former Attorney General and amateur singer/songwriter John Ashcroft appeared Wednesday on “The Daily Show” to defend the president’s various abuses of power, including torture, which he characterized as stern questioning.
No. 2: ‘Real Beauty’ Ad Reveals Model Makeover
The Dove “Campaign for Real Beauty” outfit has posted a video showing the unbelievable makeup, styling and Photoshop efforts that go into making a model into a billboard beauty. It’s an effective indictment of how we view “beauty.”
“Airplane” director David Zucker has produced a satirical ad criticizing the Clinton administration’s dealings with North Korea that is so inflammatory that GOP strategists have refused to use it in campaigns.
No. 5: Robert Scheer on Iraq After America
Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer looks at Elbaradei’s nuclear prophecy, Iraq after U.S. withdrawal and Stan Goff’s Truthdig piece “Reflecting on Rumsfeld.”