FactCheck.org is one of those (few!) nonpartisan sources where anybody can check out the truthiness in a political advertisement or on-the-trail rhetoric. Everybody trusts them, so they’re often cited in campaign ads.
In an ad released Wednesday called — really — “Fact Check,” the McCain campaign lied about what Factcheck.org said. Says who? Says FactCheck.org.
In “its latest ad, released Sept. 10, the McCain-Palin campaign has altered our message in a fashion we consider less than honest,” Factcheck said Wednesday on its website. “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.
“They call the ad ‘Fact Check.’ It says “the attacks on Gov. Palin have been called ‘completely false’ … ‘misleading.’ On screen is a still photo of a grim-faced Obama. Our words are accurately quoted, but they had nothing to do with Obama.”
At this point I just keep asking myself “Why would he do something so blatant and stupid”? The McCain camp is no longer even attempting to come remotely close to say or portray things in an honest, straightforward and truthful way.. Is it because they have nothing to base their campaign on? Are they just making outrageous claims in order to draw the attention of the American public and the media away from Barack Obama? Are they really THAT lacking in substance?
If that is the strategy in this, it is pretty lame and disgraceful. These are not the qualities we as a nation should want and need in our leader. It shows an utter disregard for truth, and shows Senator McCain to be a man entirely lacking in integrity, character, or honor.
Haven’t we already been through enough with the lies of the last 8 years? Are we seriously considering MORE? Even WORSE?
From FactCheck.Org yesterday: McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding:
Those attacks on Palin that we debunked didn’t come from Obama.
A McCain-Palin ad has FactCheck.org calling Obama’s attacks on Palin “absolutely false” and “misleading.” That’s what we said, but it wasn’t about Obama.
Our article criticized anonymous e-mail falsehoods and bogus claims about Palin posted around the Internet. We have no evidence that any of the claims we found to be false came from the Obama campaign.
The McCain-Palin ad also twists a quote from a Wall Street Journal columnist. He said the Obama camp had sent a team to Alaska to “dig into her record and background.” The ad quotes the WSJ as saying the team was sent to “dig dirt.”
Update, Sept. 10: Furthermore, the Obama campaign insists that no researchers have been sent to Alaska and that the Journal owes them a correction.
To review: The McCain campaign created an ad called “Fact Check” then distorted — using “Factcheck.org” — the actual facts cited in the advertisement.
There is no way to sugarcoat how lame this is. To do so would just be putting lipstick on a pig.