Earlier today, a blog post referenced the newest Scott Walker TV ad. In it, Walker aide Tim Russell said the folks attesting to their belief in Milwaukee -- and in Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker -- were all "real people."
Now comes this clarification, via email, from Russell:
"I did not intend to say that none of the people in the ad were talent. Our agency had talent on hand for the taping in case our volunteers didn't work out. We had a couple that got stage fright and were replaced with people the agency had on hand. I apologize if I was unclear in my answer."
Talent, of course, is what they call actors in the media biz.
Actors are real people, too, of course. But that wasn't the question Russell was being asked, as he well knew. "Unclear in my answer?" How about disingenuous?
An anonymous commenter on Borowski's final item says, "While they may be real people, one of the people in the ad works as an actor and lives in Chicago."
He believes in Scott Walker because he's paid to. Do you believe in Tim Russell?
AFTERTHOUGHTS: (1) None of this, of course, appeared in the newspaper, only on the JS blog. (2) If you were a reporter who'd been lied to twice by the Walker campaign, wouldn't you wonder if they are ALL actors, and ask the campaign for the names of the "volunteers" who are in the commercial, so you could contact them to check?