One of the most talked about ads of Super Bowl Sunday was the Clint Eastwood Chrysler ad "It's halftime in America", particularly after it sparked outrage from conservatives, including Karl Rove,
who felt it was a political kiss to President Barack Obama.
The ad touted how well Detroit's auto industry was faring after goverment bailouts saved the automakers and spurred a new rebound.
Except, Chrysler didn't actually shoot any new footage in Detroit, reports Fox News.
Those shots were in New Orleans and Los Angeles.
"Part of it was filmed in New Orleans ... and some was filmed in various parts—such as Los Angeles," a Chrysler spokeswoman told the Weekly Standard. A few shots, those in tunnels, were shot at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
Eastwood was the voice of the ad, and he narrated how Americans were pulling together in Detroit, but it caused a stir among conservatives who say it didn't reflect the terrible state of the nation's economy.
“I was, frankly, offended by it,” Rove said on Fox News. “I'm a huge fan of Clint Eastwood. I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”
Michelle Malkin chimed in with a tweet, “Agh. WTH? Did I just see Clint Eastwood fronting an auto bailout ad???”
Apparently the ad was so close to appearing like a political ad that the White House Spokesman, Jay Carney denied to reporters that the White House had anything to do with its production.
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