Michigan Truth Squad Calls “Flagrant Foul” on Special Interest Front Group Ad

Attack on Senator Stabenow is “fear-mongering” and “full of exaggerations, distortions, and factual inaccuracies”

Michigan Truth Squad Calls “Flagrant Foul” on Special Interest Front Group Ad
Attack on Senator Stabenow is “fear-mongering” and “full of exaggerations, distortions, and factual inaccuracies”
 
DETROIT – Michigan Truth Squad, an independent organization dedicated to fact checking political ads, has called “flagrant foul” on a partisan political action group that has aired almost $1,000,000 of attack ads against Senator Debbie Stabenow over the last several weeks. 
 
The Truth Squad found that the out-of-state organization, known as 60 Plus, has recycled false claims in an attempt to mislead seniors through “fear mongering” and a “blatant disregard for facts.” Specifically, 60 Plus erroneously stated that Senator Stabenow both supports plans to cut Medicare and backs the creation of a government panel to ration and deny care to seniors (in effect the roundly debunked "death panel" argument). Such statements, which have been driven by 60 Plus with expensive ad buys for years, have repeatedly been identified as blatantly false by independent watchdog groups like the Michigan Truth Squad.
 
“60 Plus is a special interest front group that wants to end Medicare and drive up the cost of healthcare for Michigan's seniors. Senator Stabenow has always fought to protect Medicare and Social Security, and keep healthcare affordable,” said Nate Byer, spokesman for Senator Stabenow. “She has been commended by AARP and the American Medical Association for her work, and it's shameful that these out-of-state special interest front groups continue to run false attack ads that numerous independent organizations have called false and fear mongering.”  
 
“This ad is full of exaggerations, distortions and factual inaccuracies. It represents fear-mongering designed to build support for overturning the Affordable Care Act,” stated the Truth Squad’s report. The independent watchdog went on to give the ad a “flagrant foul for blatant disregard of facts”.
In addition to the Michigan Truth Squad’s appraisal of the ad, Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact has rated the ad “Pants-on-Fire” (the organization’s highest rating of dishonesty) and said it is “not only inaccurate, it’s ridiculous.”  Another independent organization, FactCheck.org, said the ad's claims are "false" and says "We've been over some of the assertions...more times than we care to count. But our fact-checking persistence hasn’t stopped groups like 60 Plus from repeating the claims. And repeating them, and repeating them."
 
Special interest front groups like 60 Plus are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Michigan Truth Squad’s debunking of the ad should send a clear message that such misleading communications with Michigan citizens will not go unchallenged.
 
For the full analysis from the Michigan Truth Squad, click here.

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