Campaign 2014: Truth Squad's 10 worst ads, No. 2

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

Is Mark Totten, Democratic candidate for attorney general, a real prosecutor? This ad by a 527 group supporting incumbent Bill Schuette says no, and then goes further by branding Totten a liar. Totten's boss in the U.S. Attorney's Office says Totten was a prosecutor, and he has photos (of Totten's swearing in) to prove it. Turns out, Totten not only worked as an appellate prosecutor in that office (as a part-time volunteer), but was pretty successful to boot.


Truth Squad call

Previous Next

Comment Form

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.