Campaign 2014: Truth Squad's 10 worst ads, No. 1

How we make the call

Truth Squad assigns five ratings to the political statements we review, in descending levels of accuracy:

Accurate
No factual inaccuracies in the statement and no important information is missing
Mostly accurate
While the statement is largely accurate, it omits or exaggerates facts, or needs some clarification
Half accurate
Truths are interspersed with mistruths, or the speaker left out significant facts that render his/her remarks misleading in important respects
Mostly inaccurate
The major point or points made are untrue or misleading, even while some aspects of the claim may be accurate
False
The statement is false, or based on false underlying facts

You know how in mafia movies, gangsters are always calling down curses on each other's families? We thought of that when we considered this flyer from the Michigan Republican Party, which urges residents to call Democratic House candidate John Fisher of Kalamazoo and "tell him hard-working Michiganders are being hurt by Obamacare and the health care policies they support." The problem: the number the flyer gave rang at the bedside of Fisher's 91-year-old mother, who is in hospice care in a Portage nursing home. Nice.

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Nancy
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:33am
This makes me ashamed to be a (mostly) Republican. They are their own worst enemy.
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:09am
It's pretty evident the judge was a Democrat. The GOP has been challenged, perhaps even outdone by Democratic ads which continue to run despite being discredited repeatedly (and without rebuttal!). The only ones to profit from these campaigns is the media. How about having media donate time and space to candidates. After all, those ads are worthless when it comes to informing voters.
Vince
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:25am
Instead of the back and forth with all of the misrepresentations by candidates -- and especially outside groups using unregulated funds -- maybe it's time for true campaign finance reform via a constitutional amendment. More than anything else, our election process is destroying democracy.
George
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:31am
These were all worthy of our contempt but I personally cringe everytime I hear the Supreme Court ads stating that Zahra and Viviano put the rights of victims ahead of criminals and "whose going to protect our children"? . If they do the first, they should be thrown out of office as EQUAL rights are the judges' job and if they do the second, they aren't doing their job. That's the job of police, prosecutors and criminal court. Thanks to these atrocious ads, I voted against the three stooges: Zahra, Viviano and Redford.
Le Roy G. Barnett
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:25pm
Though Republicans/conservatives tend to consider themselves morally and ethically superior to everyone else, I did notice that 80% of the most flagrant ads came from right-wing sources. While this statistic could lead to some healthy introspection, instead I suspect supporters of the GOP will just blame the panel of evaluators.
Barbara
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 7:07am
This has to be the worst thing I have seen in politics in my entire life. Shame on the GOP, this proves there is no level low enough for them. Shame.