How we make the call
Truth Squad assigns five ratings to the political statements we review, in descending levels of accuracy:
Every election cycle, we complain: Too many robocalls, too many sleazy mailers, too many ads that make us hold our nose and wonder who's worse – the attacked or the attacker. And the only thing we know for sure is that next time, it'll likely be worse. But for Truth Squad, hope springs eternal; it's why we do this job. Before we put away our coach's whistle for another few months, let's look back at the ones that really gave it a workout.
These ads all received our harshest call: Flagrant foul.
We start with this approved-by-Pam Byrnes attack ad in her bid to unseat U.S. Rep Tim Walberg, which we called perhaps the most cynical of the season. (This was in September, mind you.) It's called "Real Talk," but might as well be titled "Scowly People."
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