Bush and Kerry repeat discredited claims in their final flurry of ads. Here’s our pre-election summary of the misinformation we found during the Bush-Kerry presidential campaign.
Radio ad claims most air traffic was grounded when bin Laden’s family was allowed to leave. Not true. In fact, the FBI questioned 22 of them and found no links to terrorism.
With election day approaching the tempo of ads is increasing, but not the level of factual accuracy. Both sides are making false or misleading claims in their ads.
Republican group’s ad shows Osama, Kerry. It appeals to fear, and twists Kerry’s record on defense, intelligence, Iraq.
Democratic ad reminds voters: Bush opposed creating the Homeland Security department before he supported it.
A Club for Growth PAC TV ad released July 26 accurately cites Kerry’s changing positions over the years on welfare reform, the death penalty for terrorists, and gasoline taxes. But it also falsely implies that he’s voted to raise taxes 350 times, a claim we’ve de-bunked before.
Kerry’s “strategy to win the war on terror” is puffery; Bush’s response is much ado about ten words.
Even the 9-11 commissioners don’t agree about whether their staff report contradicted the Bush administration.
Straining the facts at Iowa’s debate on Sunday Jan. 4.