'El Pais' Ad Trashes Memory Of 9/11

Southern Watch points out an ad for the Spanish newspaper El Pais. It shows two views of the Manhattan skyline: one with the WTC towers, and one without. The caption:

Un día para mucho. Imaginese lo que puede suceder en tres meses.

I leave the translation as an exercise for the reader.

Many Americans don't realize that many European newspapers are affiliated with or even published by political parties. According to commentor Encolpio, El Pais belongs to PRISA, a group in the pocket of the Socialists (PSOE).

Found via The Command Post.

UPDATE: Barcepundit confirms PRISA's ties to the Socialists.

Comments

Tasteless, but "free speech".

Thank you for the informative entry. (It's been some time since I've had to use my limited knowledge of Spanish). It's true many European newspapers have direct ties with a variety of political parties. The advertisement is tasteless, but it is an example of "free speech" as well, unless one is nostaligic for the days of the Generalissimo.

Re:Tasteless, but "free speech".

"Tasteless" isn't the word I would use to describe the ad. Imagine some imperial American running a serious ad campaign with this jingle:

The trains in Spain are mainly filled with pain.

Or perhaps an ad campaign with the slogan "You'll have a blast!!!", using this photo. I don't know about you, but if I saw one of my countrymen doing something like that, the words I would use for it would be "contemptible", "disgusting", "depraved", even though I have no great love for Spain. We aren't talking about a few jokes among friends. This is a public ad campaign.

Barcepundit also notes El Pais's headline from September 12, 2001, which shows beyond question that, for a large segment of left-leaning opinion in Europe, there was no post-9/11 sympathy to be squandered by the U.S.

I am not saying that El Pais wasn't entitled to run that ad as a matter of free speech. In a way, I'm glad they did, since it reveals just how contemptible they are.

Re:Tasteless, but "free speech".

No disagreement from me, ChuckB. "Contemptible" is very adequate.

Huh?

Besides its tastelessness, it's just a lame, unclear ad.

"You can do a lot in one single day (or A lot of things can happen in one day); just imagine what can happen in three months."

Are they saying that their 3-month free trial will keep readers from missing out on important news? If so, 9/11 is a pretty bad example. I don't think anyone could have missed hearing about it, unless they were living in third-world country without any kind of media or something.

Re:Huh?

Chuck,My Spanish is weak too, I thought I knew what it meant, but I decided to run it through Google's translation tool, which gave me:"A day for much. Imaginese which can happen in three months."Translating lame machine talk, I get "A lot can happen in a day. Imagine what can happen in three months." If this is an accurate translation, I don't see this as trashing the memory of 9/11.Granted, they should have run pictures of Madrid train stations before and after March 11, since they have their own tradegy.Overall, it looks to me like a case of overzealous, insensitive marketing. 9/11 images have been used in this country w/o charges of "trashing the memories", or the charges have been made, they haven't stuck.One more symptom of the "The Market" run amok - nothing is sacred.

European Newspapers...

Maybe Americans think their news is 'Fair and Balanced', but I'm positive Europeans are well aware of the biases of their national newspapers, and like it that way. The two biggest ones in Spain are the socialist paper (El Pais) and ABC, the conservative paper.

Re:Tasteless, but "free speech".

I don't know about you, but if I saw one of my countrymen doing something like that, the words I would use for it would be "contemptible", "disgusting", "depraved"

As I read this, there is a commercial on the idiot box hawking 9/11 commemorative coins ("Made with silver mined from Ground Zero!")

Damn, every time I think I've set the bar for the human race so low that nothing can ever disappoint me, our species just limbos on under that bar without breaking a sweat. I should know better by now.

Re:Tasteless, but "free speech".

Damn, every time I think I've set the bar for the human race so low that nothing can ever disappoint me, our species just limbos on under that bar without breaking a sweat. I should know better by now.

That's one reason I find that the Augustinian understanding of human nature so compelling: it has great explanatory power ;-)

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