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Did Environmental Group Hijack 9/11 Imagery for Anti-Oil Ad Campaign?

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Accuracy in Media thinks so.

The organization, which describes itself as a "conservative watchdog group for fairness, balance and accuracy in news reporting," distributed a report today about an inflammatory ad campaign from Oceana, an environmental conservation group. According to Accuracy in Media (AIM), Oceana's ad campaign deliberately evokes 9/11 imagery to promote its anti-offshore drilling message.

Recall that in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, President Barack Obama said that the ecological disaster "echoes 9/11" because, according to Politico, it would "change the nation's psyche for years to come."

From AIM:

D.C. Metro commuters were subjected to a new ad campaign this week that draws not-so-conspicuous similarities between the dangers of terrorism and offshore drilling. Oceana, a leading environmental conservation and advocacy group, seems all too comfortable comparing the damages from September 11 to an impossible oil spill.

The spill depicted in the ad is off the shore of New York City.

What do you think--is there a parallel to 9/11?

Here is the ad:

And an image from 9/11:

An AIM reporter tried to interview the folks at Oceana about the ad, but the environmentalists there dodged the reporter's questions. You can watch that exchange below:

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