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Meme Misleads on Menendez Case

Q: Is Sen. Robert Menendez on trial — and was his co-defendant convicted on prostitution charges — as an online meme says?

A: No. Menendez was tried on corruption charges last year, but was not convicted. His co-defendant was found guilty of defrauding Medicare in an unrelated case.

Trump on Tim Kaine’s Gifts

Donald Trump falsely claimed that former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine “took far more money” in gifts than another Virginia governor who was convicted on bribery charges.

Guilt and Associations

Summary

A McCain-Palin ad says that Obama was "born of the corrupt Chicago political machine" and implies that the candidate himself is corrupt by association with four local political figures. But the ad’s implication and many of its supporting details are false. In fact, this is a particularly egregious example of ricochet sliming:

William Daley, the first figure mentioned in the ad, is indeed related to the other famous Chicago Daleys, but he’s never been accused of any wrongdoing.

Guilt by Association

A Liberal group accuses evangelist James Dobson of being ‘knee deep’ in the Jack Abramoff scandal, but there’s no evidence of a connection.

Defaming DeLay?

Houston TV stations refuse to run a liberal TV ad accusing DeLay of “corruption” after his lawyer threatens to sue. We look at the facts.