Friday, September 26, 2008

Is Voice On Anti-Palin Ad the Same as on Official Obama Ad?

This was sent to me by Special Guests, which is a somewhat right-of-center news source. Interesting piece though if you take the time to follow it all the way through...

The infamous ‘independent’ anti-Palin ad falsely claiming Sarah Palin was a member of a political party calling for Alaska to secede from the Union, may have used the same female narrator’s voice as the one in official Obama campaign ads. Ad producer Ethan Winner vehemently denies they are the same voice.

So, what’s the big deal if it is the same voice? If it is determined that the voices are the same, Obama campaign manager David Axelrod could be on the legal hot seat since it is illegal for an ‘independent’ 527 group to coordinate efforts with the official campaigns they are attempting to advance.

Investigative reporter Ben Barrack is conducting a national talk show, encouraging all parties involved with both ads to provide the identity of their female voice-over talent and for Ethan Winner and others associated with the outright lies in the ad to issue a formal apology to Sarah Palin.

The smear ad went viral on the Internet before it was pulled from YouTube but a blog site known as the Jawa Report recorded it and both ads are featured together on Ben Barrack’s home page where anyone can compare the female voices to come to their own conclusions as to whether or not they are the same person. Listen to it now here.

“What’s important here,” says Barrack, “is that Ethan Winner was caught posting this video on the Internet and when caught, had to finally admit he produced it as well. When you compare his public assertion that the voice in the ad belongs to someone who has never been heard on any official Obama campaign ad, my antennae went up. Based on what’s been presented to me, this matter warrants a closer look.”

Barrack says a trusted source put together a two minute audio montage that consists of excerpts from an official Obama ad, the fallacious anti-Sarah Palin ad, and a demo of a person who seems to have a voice identical to the voices in both, and passed it onto him. “Ethan Winner’s firm is in Los Angeles and the voice in the ad appears to be that of a talent in Chicago that may have done voice-over work for official Obama campaign ads. When you put these things together, questions should be asked and answered relative to FEC laws,” Barrack said.

Barrack wants to be very clear that he is not levying allegations at anyone. He simply wants the issue brought to light, debated, and investigated if necessary. “I’m not a voice expert. Nor am I an FEC law attorney. I’m just raising questions based on some extremely intriguing facts and possible realities,” he said.

You can read Ethan Winner’s statement in response to the Jawa Report’s probing about the ad below (part about the voice in the ad is underlined) and can compare voices in the ads on Barrack’s site.

“If the voice-over artist is the same in both videos, the mainstream media needs to look into whether David Axelrod’s fingerprints are attached to it,” Barrack said.

Statement from Ethan Winner to the Jawa Report...

The following is in response to questions I have received regarding the post on the Jawa Report website.

I produced and posted on the Internet the video entitled "Sarah Palin: A Heartbeat Away."

The idea for the video was mine. No one paid me to produce it. The only out-of-pocket cost will be the fee for the voice-over narrator, which I will pay personally when I receive an invoice. Contrary to the allegation in the Jawa Report, the voice-over artist has never done any work for the Obama campaign. I retained her through a talent agency based solely on the quality of her voice.

Neither the Obama campaign nor any independent political action committee has had a connection with the making and/or posting of this video. Just like the thousands of Americans who have posted videos on the Internet regarding the current Presidential campaign, I produced this video as an expression of my right to free speech, which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

I believe the American people have a right and a need to know information about candidates for political office and their views. I made this video because I think it is important for the public to be aware of the association between Sarah and Todd Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party. The New York Times has reported that the Alaskan Independence Party website describes the party as seeking, in the words of the party, "a range of solutions to the conflicts between federal and local authority," including "advocacy for state's rights, through a return to territorial status, all the way to complete independence and nationhood status for Alaska."

While a number of media outlets have said that reports that Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party may have been erroneous, her attendance at the party's 1994 convention, her video speech to the 2008 convention and her husband's membership in the Alaskan Independence Party have not been called into question.

Some people have asked why I have pulled the video from the Internet. The reason is simple. Following the posting of personal information about me by the Jawa Report, my family began to receive threatening and abusive phone calls and emails.

About Ban Barrack...

Ben Barrack is an Investigative Radio Host who broadcasts on 1400 KTEM from Temple, TX, honing his investigative skills there for nearly three years.

On more than one occasion he has cultivated sources with important political information and insight generally not reported in the mainstream media. He provides listeners with accurate, timely, and shocking news not heard anywhere else.

Barrack is a strong critic of the mainstream media who supports patriotic and reliable bloggers who do much of the mainstream media’s work at no charge, with little recognition, while earning their living via other means. Ben maintains a website at

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