News Item:
Huckabee ad shows Christian Cross

First off, let me clarify, this is not an endorsement for Mike Huckabee for President.  Our selection for a presidential candidate will appear here in late spring or early summer.  His name starts with an ‘S’ and ends with an ‘id’.

Now then… the clamor about the Huckabee Cross is still in the news after two weeks, and as is the case with most items that make political headlines these days, it’s much ado about nothing.  If you somehow haven’t seen the ad, or photos of it, here’s a brief summary.  Huckabee uses the spot to send out Christmas greetings to all, most likely because it was the week before Christmas.  The camera pans slowly as he delivers his message, and an image begins to appear in the shot.  It’s a bookcase, or part of a bookcase, the area where the shelves come together, and to some it appears to be a cross.  To other, less gullible folks, it looks like a plus sign, since the horizontal and vertical lines bisect each other in the middle.  But that’s besides the point.  The ‘cross’ also appears to glow slightly, because it’s softened, a result of photographic depth of field.  You know how your kid’s school photo, or most any portrait, always has a blurred background to center your focus on the subject?  Same thing.

This is a political campaign that started two years in advance, which in itself is totally ridiculous.  Real issues are already becoming ‘old’ news, and there’s still 11 months to go before the election.  For those 11 months, it seems candidates will not only have to be concerned with the message they put forth, but also about what appears on the screen behind them.

News Link: The National Ledger

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