Campaign 2014: Truth Squad's 10 worst ads, No. 5

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

It was hard not to think of those Cosa Nostra organizational charts you see in true-crime books when we watched this ad attacking U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters for "the company he keeps" because his campaigns have accepted money from two men who later were convicted felons. The problem is, they weren't at the time they donated to Peters, even if the chart in the ad shows Peters sitting at the top like Tony Soprano (if Soprano had a master's in philosophy from Michigan State).

 

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