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.
Media Fund Twists the Truth More Than Michael Moore
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.
An Avalanche of Misinformation
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.
The “Willie Horton” Ad Of 2004?
Republican group’s ad shows Osama, Kerry. It appeals to fear, and twists Kerry’s record on defense, intelligence, Iraq.
DNC Radio Ad on Terrorism: Accurate (Mostly)
Democratic ad reminds voters: Bush opposed creating the Homeland Security department before he supported it.
Anti-Kerry Ad Highlights Changes On Welfare, Death Penalty
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.
Small Kerry Boast Brings Big Bush Attack
Kerry’s “strategy to win the war on terror” is puffery; Bush’s response is much ado about ten words.
Bush Contradicted On Iraq & al Qaeda? Or not?
Even the 9-11 commissioners don’t agree about whether their staff report contradicted the Bush administration.
Fibs and Flubs at Democratic Debate
Straining the facts at Iowa’s debate on Sunday Jan. 4.