Rick Santorum connects Bob Casey to wrong Al-Jazeera web site

Published: Monday July 31, 2006

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Today's Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that instead of linking to the Arabic television news service Al-Jazeera's web site, US Senator Rick Santorum directed viewers of a commercial to a site operated by a Georgia based group interested in "promote cross-cultural understanding between people all over the world."

The commercial, part of Santorum's reelection effort, was in reference to an endorsement of his opponent, Bob Casey Jr.

A Casey campaign spokesman told the Inquirer that "Rick Santorum has reached a new low in gutter politics by trying to ridiculously link Bob Casey to terrorists."

Excerpts from the original article appear below.


Picture the TV commercial, a deep voice delivering this ominous message, in a slow, deliberate cadence: "Even al-Jazeera endorsed Democrat Bobby Casey Jr. Whose side is he on, anyway?"

It's hard not to think that was partly why Republican blogs and aides to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) sounded giddy last week as they passed around a commentary from a Web site, www.Al-Jazeerah.info [sic*].

"Don't ask Santorum to 'apologize,' folks. Vote Democratic," stated the commentary, which denounced the senator's July 20 speech describing the United States as fighting a war on Islamic fascism, not terror.

Santorum referenced it himself Thursday on Fox's O'Reilly Factor.

======== * please note, the proper website is www.aljazeerah.info, The television station, Al-Jazeera's website is here: english.aljazeera.net.