08/15/2004: I don't know if this beats....
William Saletan's satire of the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth", but Salon's Dan Kois gets into the act (premium content; you may need to click through an ad to see it if you're not a Salon subscriber): G.I. Joe is a fake
As G.I. Joe, the leader of America's daring, highly trained special missions force, celebrates his 40th anniversary this summer, a group of veterans has aired television advertisements attacking his military record. The ads, purchased by G.I. Joe Veterans for Truth, accuse Joe of lying about his war record and letting villains escape throughout the 1985-86 war against Cobra, Destro and the forces of evil.
In one 60-second ad, veterans of the two-year-long, completely televised war -- in which every weekday afternoon American troops fought Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world -- speak out about G.I. Joe. "I served with G.I. Joe," says one veteran, Thomas Ross. "G.I. Joe is no real American hero."
Len on 08.15.04 @ 08:00 PM CST