A few weeks ago I wrote an article entitled “How will Facebook impact the 2012 Elections”. In that article I pointed out how politicians who you would only see on television are now engaging with regular everyday Bahamians. I also mentioned two of the most prominent political groups on Facebook.
Since that time I’ve been added or invited to at least 5 other political groups and I’ve seen numerous politicians posting and creating ads to promote their pages.
As a New Party The DNA has a particularly strong presence on Facebook. It seems they intend to follow the path Obama blazed by using Social Media to galvanize support for their candidates.
Although the constant politics becomes tiring at times, I personally believe having politicians and political groups on Facebook is a good thing because it gives the regular Bahamian citizen more of a voice.
That said, I’d like to add the following to my article on how Facebook will impact the 2012 election; Responses and repercussions will be swift and brutal. Parties and their candidates will be held more accountable.
(can someone suggest an adequate name for this scandal?)
On Saturday The DNA released a video ad all over Facebook. Their members and some candidates were posting links to it. I watched and have to say I was impressed.
But a funny thing happened. On Sunday Andrew Burrows supposed PLP web-man posted the following message in Crossfire;
Apparently the DNA had stolen someone else’s ad. Except for maybe 5 frames the ad was completely the same! You can watch the original here
And see The DNA’s ad on Andrews show Unscripted here
Hmmm…. what do you think?
The most damning thing I think is that the ad was removed right after Andrew revealed the original ad. This seems to confirm Andrew’s claim that The DNA stole it and tried to pass it off as their own.
Plagiarism is serious business. If you recall a COB President was fired because he used a few words from an international colleagues speech without giving proper credit.
Had The DNA video remained up they could have simply claimed that the ad fit their message or something, but taking it down after being accused of plagiarism is damning. And you will recall that the DNA was accused of plagiarism once before.
What Do you Think? Did The DNA steal this Ad? How does this affect your opinion of them as a party and potential future Government of The Bahamas?