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The Michigan Truth Squad – the award-winning political campaign fact-checking service provided by The Center for Michigan – returns on Monday, Feb. 3 for its first call of what is sure to be a busy 2014 election season.
The Truth Squad’s first call of 2014 will be based on our analysis of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s “Super Bowl” ad that is scheduled to air during tonight’s NFL championship football game. The ad officially kicks off Snyder’s reelection campaign. The Truth Squad will also analyze any responses to Snyder’s ad from his challenger, former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer, or the state Democratic Party. You can read the Snyder and Schauer calls on Monday on our Truth Squad page.
The Truth Squad engages some of Michigan’s most experienced and respected journalists to fact-check the claims made by ballot question and candidate campaigns in their political advertisements on TV, radio and websites, and in newspapers and direct mail literature. The Truth Squad typically focuses on state issues – and there should be a lot of action in Michigan this year, with a gubernatorial race, State House and Senate races, and potentially some ballot questions.
“Truth Squad readers have come to expect hard-hitting, fact-based analyses – and that’s exactly what we plan to provide in 2014,” said David Zeman, Bridge’s senior editor. “There will be some big campaigns this year – and that means big spending. We’ll be there to help voters determine who’s telling the truth and who’s not.”
If Michigan residents hear or see a major speech, news release, white paper or report, viewpoint column, political website, or issue advertisement that raises questions, they are encouraged to send the Truth Squad a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’ve learned through our many projects – including Bridge, the Truth Squad, and our Community Conversations held throughout the state – that Michigan residents are hungry to get engaged in the political process,” said John Bebow, president and CEO of The Center for Michigan. “The Truth Squad offers them an opportunity to share tips, identify questionable material, and help increase the integrity of the political process in Michigan. It is a marriage of great journalism and great public service.”