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

How we make the call

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

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
The statement is false, or based on false underlying facts

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."


Click the "Next" button below the video to navigate to #9...


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John S. Porter
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:21am
So the man makes too much money. He voted for the shutdown. He still got paid. What was the flagrant foul ? I only saw one of the 10 worst ads. Where are the others ?
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:42am
Click the "Next" button just below the video to go to #9
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 8:35pm
It says to click "next" under the picture...
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:23pm
I've seen some columnists who claim that Schauer ran more negative ads than Synder. Is this true? Is there anyone or any group who tried to keep track?
Thu, 01/01/2015 - 8:00pm
The website says "This video is no longer available because the uploader has closed their YouTube account." Did go out of business?
Nancy Derringer
Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:47am
Ed, Bridge doesn't host these videos, but links to them via YouTube. Alas, some of these campaigns shut their doors and shut all their social-media accounts, too. Sorry. Nancy Derringer Bridge magazine