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McCain's backdrop baffles California school

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I got a chuckle out of this one. In the grand scheme of things it is not a big deal, but it looks like somebody on McCain's staff did a no-no in grabbing a pic off the internet.

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Staff at a California school were scratching their heads on Friday after their facility mysteriously appeared as a backdrop during John McCain's Republican Convention speech.

A giant image of Walter Reed Middle School in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hollywood was one of several pictures projected onto a backdrop at the Republican Convention on Thursday as McCain addressed delegates.
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"Permission to use the front of our school for the Republican National Convention was not given by our school nor is the use of our school's picture an endorsement of any political party or view."

Walter Reed hospital was at the center of a national scandal in 2007 after revelations of negligent patient care at the facility.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080905...nschooloffbeat
post #2 of 8
Nah, it was one of many pics used to describe what was being talked about (education, family, etc.,) not used incorrectly as Walter Reed Hospital. CNN and Fox News already released the scoop on it, Yahoo's a little late.
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I guess that means it's ok to use a pic of a school for political purposes without asking then? Seems a little odd to me. I would have thought that you would have to ask.
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Nah, it was one of many pics used to describe what was being talked about (education, family, etc.,) not used incorrectly as Walter Reed Hospital. CNN and Fox News already released the scoop on it, Yahoo's a little late.
I watched his speech and scratched my head when that picture came up. It didn't really look like a school and I asked my DH if they were showing one of his homes. If they were to pick a random picture of a school, they would have been better off choosing something that was obviously a school.
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Originally Posted by 2dogmom View Post
I guess that means it's ok to use a pic of a school for political purposes without asking then? Seems a little odd to me. I would have thought that you would have to ask.
if it's a private school, i would say you'd need permission... but all public schools are funded by the state & federal governments. i would think [especially if the school has a pic on their website] that those images would be legal to use.
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I think the image is the property of whomever took it, not the subject (but only if the subject is not a person). So if someone in his campaign snapped the picture, the school has no leg to stand on. The only time this is an issue is if the subject was a person and that person did not sign a waiver.
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No matter what the campaign says, this was a very odd choice. Did they pick it on looks or what?

This public school, part of L.A. Unified School District, is in an affluent heavily Democratic neighborhood. The Democratic Board of Education district (elected) representative was very unhappy about the school being used as part of the Republican campaign. The principal and the head of the PTA also objected.

Couldn't they find a school that was somehow connected with McCain or the Republican party?
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^= View Post
No matter what the campaign says, this was a very odd choice. Did they pick it on looks or what?

This public school, part of L.A. Unified School District, is in an affluent heavily Democratic neighborhood. The Democratic Board of Education district (elected) representative was very unhappy about the school being used as part of the Republican campaign. The principal and the head of the PTA also objected.

Couldn't they find a school that was somehow connected with McCain or the Republican party?
I thought it was funny. People kept wondering about the darn green screen again. I had read that the school was not amused. It just seems weird to use a school which happened to be named Walter Reed. I doubt it is a coincidence.
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