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"Spain's Main Newspaper Celebrates 9/11 " ?

by lylesg / September 15, 2004 11:55 AM PDT

I hope someone here can prove this to be a hoax. I looked around, but the links below are the only sites I could find concerning this BS. After reading the article and posts, I assume it's an ad for a free three month subscription to this paper.

"Spain?s El Pais ran an advertisement for their online version, featuring two photos of the Manhattan skyline?one with the World Trade Center towers, and one without"

The caption: ?You can do a lot in one single day; just imagine what can happen in three months.?

Story, scroll down a couple of titles below all the CBS BS.

Link to the ad.

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I don't think I'ld let a newspaper speak for a country. I
by Kiddpeat / September 15, 2004 10:45 PM PDT

think Spain is a major ally of the US.

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Re: I don't have a problem........
by lylesg / September 16, 2004 1:30 AM PDT

with Spain as a country. But, if the photo and caption are for real it's disgusting as hell IMO. What I do have a problem with is if another has used the worst tragedy that's happened on American soil to sell a friggin' news paper. I don't care if it's online adv. or not. If this is true the Spanish govt. should call for a retraction of this ad and without US pressure.

Things like this wind my spring and I suppose it would do the same for most Americans, too.

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Re: I don't have a problem........
by Angeline Booher / September 16, 2004 5:55 AM PDT

Hi, Mojo,

I scanned the updates on the page. It seems there is some disagreement re: the translation.

I don't know if Spain has a free press comparable to ours or not. If so, that would preclude us from getting into the fray.

Your disgust is shared by me. Heck - I'm still upset with France for not granting us permission to fly over their airspace when we bombed Libya! Happy

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Yes, they did...
by Edward ODaniel / September 16, 2004 9:00 AM PDT

Hope you know a little Spanish.

The PRISA group, a pro-Socialist media organization, owns the paper.

The Socialist Party took over the government in Spain shortly after the March 11 terrorist attack in Madrid that killed 191 people. The voters chose to oust former Prime Minster Jose Maria Aznar, who supported U.S. efforts against terror, and many observers believe the bombing helped tip the election to the opposing Socialist Party.

That aside, I don't think it was really intended to be controversial as the Spanish "Un dia da para mucho. Imaginese lo que pueda suceder en tres menses." doesn't lend itself to a literal translation and can indicate simply a lot of things can happen in any given day and you don't need to miss them.

To us it may be in as poor taste as if we had a paper send out an ad depicting the bombed Spanish train saying we would be more aware of world events if we subscribed to them. Not necessarily any "evil" intent, just the perception.

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Thank's Edward...
by lylesg / September 16, 2004 9:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes, they did...

"To us it may be in as poor taste as if we had a paper send out an ad depicting the bombed Spanish train saying we would be more aware of world events if we subscribed to them. Not necessarily any "evil" intent, just the perception."

I've calmed down a bit, but this sure hit me wrong last night and "poor taste" is one of several terms I have for the ad.

I am sure you are right about the intent and preception part, too.


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