|It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing. |
One of the actors, Perry Denton of Chicago, Ill. also confirmed that he was hired on a day-rate as an actor for the shoot and told CBS News he was surprised to learn the footage was shown at the convention.
A veteran's advocate said that with soldiers still deployed and in harm's way, there is an obligation not to sugar coat reality.
"What it does reveal is a serious lack of understanding and a lack of personal connection to the military," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.