The mid-term elections of 2006 brought an unprecedented barrage of advertising containing much that is false or misleading.
The pro-Bush group Progress for America is running a TV ad appealing directly to Americans’ fear of terrorists, saying bluntly “These people want to kill us.”
Bush supporters falsely quote Lincoln as advocating arresting, exiling or hanging members of Congress who damage military morale in wartime.
A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad that appeared on the Internet this week attacks the record of “Bush and the GOP” on homeland security, but makes some factual stumbles.
Sen. Russ Feingold’s leadership PAC sponsored an Internet video making an unfounded suggestion that President Bush is being urged to eavesdrop “on anybody who has the nerve to disagree with [him] – court order or not.”
A Democratic National Committee (DNC) radio ad claims Republicans would “criminalize…churches just for giving communion” to illegal aliens. The claim is nonsense. The House bill to which the ad refers doesn’t say that. Both the Republican sponsors of the bill and the Bush administration have made clear that’s not the bill’s intent.
A GOP radio ad falsely characterizes Sen. Feingold’s censure resolution as reprimanding the President for pursuing al Qaeda.
The President burnishes the State of the Union through selective facts and strategic omissions.
A DNC TV ad accuses Bush of breaking his word, but it strains some facts in the process.
A liberal group re-names itself and launches a $1-million ad campaign making dubious claims.