McCain-Palin Distorts Factcheck.org Finding (Update)
Factcheck.org, which is identified at its website as a ".... nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics", issued a statement today stating, among other things, that the McCain-Palin campaign ".... has altered our message in a fashion we consider less than honest."
The organization has criticized false statements and anonymous e mails posted on the internet concerning Governor Palin. However, Factcheck.org states they have no evidence that any of the false claims came from Senator Obama's campaign.
From the statement, dated September 10, 2008:
With its latest ad, released Sept. 10, the McCain-Palin campaign has altered our message in a fashion we consider less than honest. The ad strives to convey the message that FactCheck.org said "completely false" attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin had come from Sen. Barack Obama. We said no such thing. We have yet to dispute any claim from the Obama campaign about Palin.
The transcript of the ad, appearing at the organization's website, attributed to Factcheck.org by the McCain-Palin campaign reads:
Announcer: The attacks on Governor Palin have been called "completely false"..."misleading."
On screen: Photo of Obama, FactCheck.org banner, "'completely false' . . . 'misleading' 9/0/08"
And, they've just begun.
The [Wall Street] Journal reports Obama "air-dropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers" into Alaska to dig dirt on Governor Palin.
As Obama drops in the polls, he'll try to destroy her.
Obama's "politics of hope"? Empty words.
McCain: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.
Read the complete Factcheck.org statement here.
Factcheck.org also disputes the characterization of legislation pertaining to protecting children from sexual predators, featured in the latest ad speaking of Senator Obama, approved by the McCain-Palin campaign, which states sex education will be taught to kindergarteners.
More from Factcheck.org :
There He (McCain) goes Again (regarding the Obama campaign's tax plan) :
Contrary to the ad's claim, Obama has not proposed raising taxes on home heating oil. In fact, just the opposite. Obama is proposing rebate checks of up to $500 per individual or $1,000 per family for what he calls an "emergency energy rebate." Obama says the rebate would be large enough that a typical family in a northern state could offset the full increase in home heating costs that have resulted from rising oil prices. Obama plans to fund the rebate through a five-year windfall profits tax on oil companies.
Corsi's Dull Hatchet (regarding Jerome Corsi's book, "The Obama Nation" ) :
.... is a mishmash of unsupported conjecture, half-truths, logical fallacies and outright falsehoods.
The new McCain-Palin ad "Disrespectful" begins like an earlier ad we criticized, with its reference to Barack Obama's celebrity, but then goes down new paths of deception. It takes quotes from news organizations and uses them out of context in an effort to portray Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, as unfairly attacking Sarah Palin and making sexist remarks.
In a related article, CBS has requested YouTube remove the McCain Web ad entitled Lipstick, with the ad portraying Governor Palin as a victim of sexism, using a statement made by CBS news anchor Katie Couric out of context.
From the article:
.... YouTube has removed a McCain Web ad titled "Lipstick," which portrays Sarah Palin as the victim of Barack Obama's sexism. CBS sought the removal because the ad involves an unauthorized clip of CBS anchor Katie Couric saying, "One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life."
The ad implies that Couric's comment was about Palin; in fact, Couric was discussing Hillary Clinton's campaign.
CBS spokeswoman Leigh Farris said, "CBS News does not endorse any candidate in the Presidential race. Any use of CBS personnel in political advertising that suggests the contrary is misleading."
More on this topic from the New York Times
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