By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone
In this political season, especially as the election draws near and the races knot tighter, we can count on some Texas style tales. FactCheck.org lets us know all about the serious ones on both sides of the aisle, in-between, above and beyond. Below you’ll find information from their latest summary, followed by more detail than you can poke a lie-detector toward. They call the wind Whoppers of Campaign 2010:
Midterm elections are an embarrassment of riches for fact-checkers — this year more than others. With Democrats fighting desperately to keep control of the House and Senate, and a torrent of money from corporations and other undisclosed, unaccountable sources adding fuel to the Republican attack, the amount of deceit in political advertising is at least as high as we’ve ever seen.
While we generally agree with the above, we feel it important to point out the Demos have their own largess from their union, Soros, and other supporters — so not much ado there, except in the minds of some, that is.
Some candidates slung whatever mud they thought would stick, regardless of the facts. One falsely claimed his opponent had been a Vietnam draft dodger who “doesn’t love his country” — and then compared his opponent to the Taliban.
Republicans accused Democrats of favoring cuts in Medicare benefits, while Democrats claimed their opponents would cut Social Security benefits. Republicans accused Democrats of planning to unleash a huge tax increase on ordinary families and on small-business owners, while many Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to slap a 23 percent national sales tax on everything from groceries to medicine, as though that would come on top of all existing taxes. We found fault with all those claims, on both sides.
We at gadabout-blogalot, do not always get it right, that is why we are pleased to have FactCheck and other sources to help us … and you our readers, come to some semblance of truth.
FactCheck will certainly take some of your time as you examine what they present from the links below. We hope you’ll let us know through comments if you find a fact presented that turns out less. Less than a full fact that is.
FactCheck: For our round-up of the campaign year’s most widely repeated misstatements — and the wildest — read on to the Analysis section.
Note: This is a summary only. The full article with analysis, images and citations may be viewed on our Web site:
Thanks and a flap of the cap to the folks at FactCheck
- The Biggest Misstatements of the Midterms (newsweek.com)
- Democrats Call Lisa Murkowski A Liar (biggovernment.com)
- AK Democrats: Lisa Murkowski Is A Liar! (riehlworldview.com)
- Fact Check Catches A Lie From The Democrats (gadabout-blogalot.com)
- Falsehoods Fly Fast and Furious in Political Ads (cbsnews.com)
- Dems getting outspent? Not so fast (politico.com)