More False Ads From Democrats

Today, PolitiFact Rated Sen. Mark Pryor’s New Ebola Ad As “Mostly False”

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PolitiFact: Pryor’s Ad “Ignores Critical Facts That Would Give A Different Impression, So We Rate It Mostly False.” “A Pryor for Senate ad said, ‘Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola.’ Cotton voted against one version of a 2013 pandemic and emergency preparedness bill. However, Cotton voted for the final version, which Pryor also supported. The bill easily became law. The statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, so we rate it Mostly False.” (Lauren Carroll, “Pryor Says Cotton Voted ‘No’ On Pandemic Prevention Bill, Ignores Cotton’s ‘Yes’ Vote,” PolitiFact, 8/28/14)

  • Pryor’s Ebola Ad Has Been Called “Scare-Tastic” And Made For “Saturday Night Live.” “WashingtonPost.com called the commercial ‘scare-tastic political advertising.’ And MSNBC’s program Morning Joe aired the entire 30-second commercial before blasting it. ‘Good Lord … Seriously?’ asked host Joe Scarborough. ‘Is this a Saturday Night Live ad?’” (Bill Bowden and Claudia Lauer, “Ebola Ad On Cotton Accurate, Pryor Says,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8/28/14)

Earlier This Week In North Carolina, Multiple Fact Checkers Found That The Senate Majority PAC’s New Ad Was False

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In North Carolina, PolitiFact Gave The Latest Ad From Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC A “False” Rating. “A Senate Majority PAC ad said, ‘Thom Tillis gives tax breaks to yacht and jet owners.’ North Carolina lawmakers, under Tillis’ leadership, overhauled the state’s tax code in 2013. But they left in place a 23-year-old tax break for boats and aircraft in tact. By using the word ‘give,’ the statement suggests Tillis created the tax breaks, which he didn’t. Because the ad turns inaction into action, we rate this claim False.” (Lauren Carroll, “Ad Says Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Gave Tax Breaks To North Carolina’s Yacht And Jet Owners,” PolitiFact, 8/26/14)

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WRAL Also Gave The Senate Majority PAC Ad “A Red Light” Due To “Leaky Logic.” “Due to the leaky logic behind the yachts and jets claim, we give it a red light.” (Mark Binker, “FACT CHECK: Did Tillis Give Tax Breaks To Yacht Owners,” WRAL, 8/27/14)

  • According To WRAL, Senate Majority PAC “Displayed A Willful Disregard For The Truth.”  “Stop right there. Our fact checking has raised serious problems with the statement in question. The speaker in question either displayed a willful disregard for the truth, made an accusation without a basis in fact or has gotten their math very wrong.” (“Red Light, Green Light, Fact Check: A Guide To How We Make Our Calls,” WRAL, 3/28/14)
     

Trouble In The Hawkeye State For Democrats

USA Today Headline: “Poll: A Deadlock In Iowa’s Key Senate Race” (Susan Page, “Poll: A Deadlock In Iowa’s Key Senate Race,” USA Today, 8/27/14)

A USA Today/Suffolk University Poll Finds The Iowa Senate Race “Deadlocked,” Despite Early Campaign Forecasts That Claimed Democrats “Were Favored.” “The Senate race in Iowa, one of a handful likely to determine whether Republicans can seize unified control of Congress in November, is deadlocked. Literally. A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of 500 likely Iowa voters, taken Saturday through Tuesday, finds 201 supporting Democrat Bruce Braley and 200 supporting Republican Joni Ernst in a contest in which Democrats initially were favored. Ernst has made it a too-close-to-call race thanks in part to a sly TV ad about her skill in castrating pigs and some Braley verbal gaffes.” (Susan Page, “Poll: A Deadlock In Iowa’s Key Senate Race,” USA Today, 8/27/14)

And The Poll Finds Widespread Disapproval For Obama And ObamaCare

Only 42 Percent Of Iowans Approve Of The Job Obama Is Doing As President, While 52 Percent Disapprove. (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)

  • Only 36 Percent Of Independents In Iowa Approve Of The Job Obama Is Doing As President, While 58 Percent Disapprove. (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)
  • Only 20 Percent Of Undecided Voters In Iowa’s U.S. Senate Election Approve Of The Job Obama Is Doing As President, While 65 Percent Disapprove. (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)

51 Percent Of Iowans View Obama Unfavorably, While Only 46 Percent View The President Favorably.  (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)

  • Only 38 Percent Of Independents Viewed Obama Favorably, While 55 Viewed The President Unfavorably. (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)

When Asked If ObamaCare Was Good Or Bad For Iowa Generally, 46 Percent Responded That It Was “Generally Bad,” While Only 40 Percent Said It Was “Generally Good.” (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)

49 Percent Of Independents In Iowa Said ObamaCare Was “Generally Bad,” While Only 33 Percent Responded That It Was “Generally Good.” (USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, 500 LV, MoE 4.4%, 8/23-26/14)

Another Senate Majority PAC Ad, Another False Rating

Today, PolitiFact Gave The Latest Ad From Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC A “False” Rating. “A Senate Majority PAC ad said, ‘Thom Tillis gives tax breaks to yacht and jet owners.’ North Carolina lawmakers, under Tillis’ leadership, overhauled the state’s tax code in 2013. But they left in place a 23-year-old tax break for boats and aircraft in tact. By using the word ‘give,’ the statement suggests Tillis created the tax breaks, which he didn’t. Because the ad turns inaction into action, we rate this claim False.” (Lauren Carroll, “Ad Says Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Gave Tax Breaks To North Carolina’s Yacht And Jet Owners,” PolitiFact, 8/26/14)

Senate Majority PAC Has Already Been Called Out By FactCheckers For A False Attack In North Carolina

In May, WRAL Fact Check Gave Senate Majority PAC Ad The “Red Light,” Claiming The PAC’s Ad Was “Misinterpreting An Analysis … And Making A Statement That Is Unsupported By The Facts.” "But in its zeal to win the argument and the election, Senate Majority PAC is misinterpreting an analysis of the 2013 tax plan and making a statement that is unsupported by the facts. The director of the center whose report is the basis of the 80 percent claim says it is an inaccurate use of their analysis. At the end of the day, the 80 percent claim is simply not right. We give this ad, and any other that repeats this claim, a red light." (Mark Binker, “Fact Check: Did GOP raise taxes on 80 percent in NC?” WRAL, 5/16/14)

  • The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker Gave Three Pinocchios To Senate Majority PAC’s False Attack Ad: “Senate Majority PAC Should Have Checked The Facts Before Rushing On The Air With This Ad.” “On its face, it is pretty absurd to think that a tax reform bill that cut rates and eliminated tax loopholes ended up raising taxes on 80 percent of the people in the state. Broadly speaking, the wealthy do appear to gain more from the 2013 tax overhaul, but they also pay the lion’s share of income taxes. And 39 percent of the people appear to face a tax increase, including some of the wealthiest people in the state–not 80 percent, all at the bottom. Our old adage applies: If a factoid sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Senate Majority PAC should have checked the facts before rushing on the air with this ad.” (Glenn Kessler, “Senate Majority PAC’s Faulty Tax Math In The N.C. Senate Race,” The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker, 5/14/14)

WHEN IT COMES TO RELEASING FALSE ADS, REID’S SENATE MAJORITY PAC IS THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS

Reid’s Senate Majority PAC Has Become One Of The Most Successful Super PAC’s In Spreading False Accusations. “Even as Democratic Party leaders denounce billionaire Republicans Charles and David Koch for filling the airwaves with misleading commercials, they’re also playing with the facts. … Reid’s stamp is on some of the most successful Democratic outside groups. Susan McCue, his former chief of staff, runs the Senate Majority PAC, and Reid has solicited money on its behalf. The super-PAC raised $26 million through the end of May for the November 2014 elections with the help of billionaires such as former money manager Tom Steyer, financier George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.” (Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz, “Democrats Griping About False Ads Respond With Deception,” Bloomberg, 6/18/14)

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