Wednesday, March 21, 2007

HuffPo Says Phil DeVellis Created the "1984" Anti-Hillary YouTube Spot [UPDATED]

UPDATE: It's official! Phil de Vellis is LonelyConsultant15, er, ParkRidge47. Read my original post, revised to include the YouTube embed (apparently Blogger has issues when I try to do this with Firefox), then more updates.

First off, if you haven't seen the spot here it is:

MCDAC blog I believe is the first to spot the post on Huffington Post averring that Sherrod Brown internet coordinator Phil deVellis created the spot. Apparently, tracking down the real identityof ParkRidge47, (the creator's YouTube username) has been something of an obsession for online politicos.

Interestingly, MCDAC doesn't name the guy, only says it's Brown's internet coordinator. Funny how much more it means when you were actively blogging the race at the time. It will be interesting to see the Ohio 'sphere's reaction should this hold. I always liked Phil and cringed for him when he caught flak.

UPDATES: David at Left of Ohio noticed the statement on Blue State Digital's website that Phil had been terminated. His work on the 1984 video violated their policy against outside political work.

TechPresident has a little more on how Huffinton outed Phil

Phil has a post up on Huffington explaining what he did and why. Here's the meat of it:

    The campaigns had no idea who made it--not the Obama campaign, not the Clinton campaign, nor any other campaign. I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs.

    The specific point of the ad was that Obama represents a new kind of politics, and that Senator Clinton's "conversation" is disingenuous. And the underlying point was that the old political machine no longer holds all the power.
Reaction from BSB has been swift and snarky.

Finally, of all the commentaries on the spot itself, my favorite is from John Dickerson at Slate. It's done as a voiceover to the spot itself.


bryan said...

swift and snarky? what else would you expect from the dark underbelly of ohio's political blogosphere?