New Tone Watch: OK firefighter union uses OKC bombing image in kill the bill effort

Posted by: ST on March 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oklahoma’s NewsOK reports on a pro-union ad in Oklahoma that has generated controversy (via Jim Hoft):

A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as “horrific and tasteless” for using images of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a case against his bill.

The advertisement by the International Association of Firefighters began airing today [yesterday – ST].

It asks residents to oppose Senate Bill 826, which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

Several images of firefighters are used in the commercial, including a short clip of the remnants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after it was bombed April 19, 1995.

When the image of the bombed Murrah Building is shown in the commercial, a narrator says: “We’re there when you need us. Now we need you. Tell politicians to do what’s right: Oppose SB 826 and support Oklahoma’s firefighters.”

“The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific and tasteless commercial,” said Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “The victims and heroes of April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process.”

Holt, a trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, asked that the commercial be taken off the airwaves.

Here’s video of the ad:

Now, we know the left would be having an absolute fit and falling in it if it was a Republican or Republican-leaning group running an ad that contained images from from a national tragedy in order to try to persuade voters one way or another on legislation and/or to vote for or against a politico, but so far, no comments that I know of. And the article points out that the firefighter union in question has yet to respond to the criticism from Holt .

Robert Stacy McCain responds:

The first line of the ad:

“Firefighters and paramedics are sworn to saving lives and protecting property.”

Now, ‘protecting property’ could be construed to mean ‘protecting the value of the property’ without a lot of mental gymnastics. So how does that work, if the funding model for the union benefits bankrupts the community?

A public sector union is a mutiny, and merits all the affection afforded such.

Your thoughts?

Cross-posted to Right Wing News.

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10 Responses to “New Tone Watch: OK firefighter union uses OKC bombing image in kill the bill effort”


  1. Zippy says:

    It’s reprehensible and unacceptable. The shock value in itself is exploitative. What bothers me is that the libs find it okay to exploit ‘whatever their cause’ in any way they can get their message out. When an opponent does it, they get up in arms and scream bloody murder. Apparently it’s only PC to market such horrible images when it serves their purpose.

  2. victor says:

    IAFF is the definition of a predatory union – they used the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent loss of the lives of firefighters in a video that they were showing as part of binding arbitration proceedings. Even Slate Magazine (online) questioned their morals in an article around 2003. Shame on them.

  3. Carlos says:

    That’s why all the moonbats went bs-crazy when Republican/conservative groups started flooding the airwaves in January 2002 about having to go after ALL the terrorists and ALL the states sponsoring them and their activities, using images of 9/11. It was, rightly so, an abhorrent use of such a tragedy.

    Oh, they didn’t? You mean, the crazy left can do that but the intelligent right can’t?

    Gosh, whooda thunk?

    The left is so full of such unethical, lying, sleazy and hypocritical dirtbags…

  4. JohnFLob says:

    Are these callous political hacks the same ones that scream racism, islamophobia, ignorant, or worse if reference to 09/11/2001 is made in opposition to the GZM?

  5. Phineas says:

    You might recall when during the 2004 campaign, the Left had an absolute fit when either the Bush campaign or the RNC offered a print of the photo of Bush on the phone on Air Force One on 9/11 in return for a donation. They screamed blue murder over that.

    But that was different, dontcha know?

  6. “The left is so full of such unethical, lying, sleazy and hypocritical dirtbags…” Yes they are Carlos, and the Democratic Party has been taken over by communists who have no morals.

  7. the IAFF is at the national level a leftist organization that has been engaging in this kind of political activity for decades. most of it is done without the knowledge or the consent of the rank and file. the rank and file do not get to vote for the national leadership. as i said in a different post union workers in america have as much to say about what union leaders do as the russian people had to say about what the communist party did.

  8. Carlos says:

    The IAFF is one of the groups pushing to require sprinkler systems installed in all new housing nationwide. That will raise the cost of housing considerably ($10,000 – $30,000 per unit).

    But that’s only the beginning. After they’ve established the right to require the sprinklers in residential, they’ll start pushing for retrofitting existing housing, and that’s even MORE expensive.

    But not to worry. The unions always stand up for the little guy. Right?

  9. nina says:

    Wrong state to use this tactic.

  10. The Captain says:

    It has nothing to do with firefighters but everything with unions gunions trying to keep in power.