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Be careful when using FactCheck.org as a reference.

Posted by ALmod on September 10, 2008

They will make sure you do it correctly. The McCain/Palin campaign learned that very lesson today.

McCain’s campaign has certainly started to show the influx of Bush handlers that they brought in to work with Gov. Sarah Palin, as the attack ads from the campaign have started to ramp up.  One of the latest ones even tried to cite FactCheck.org, only they did it under false pretenses:

“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.”

I don’t think that Sen. Obama should hold his breath while waiting for a correction from the WSJ.  It’s now owned by Rupert Murdoch, so it’s pretty much just Fox News in writing these days.

Oddly enough, most of McCain’s attacks seem to be trying to paint the picture of Obama attacking McCain.

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One Response to “Be careful when using FactCheck.org as a reference.”

  1. […] ad. And FactCheck.org rightly debunked it.  In fact, they were pretty quick on the ball, because as I noted in an earlier posting, they misrepresented FactCheck’s findings in that very same […]

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