Alan Grayson created an ad that many have suggested is the worst political ad ever. Called Taliban Dan, this ad doesn’t twist the truth, it outright lies about it. It not only takes thing out of context, but it edits opponent Dan Webster’s comments, taking different sentences out of one paragraph and putting it in others.
Factcheck evaluated the ad an declared, “Rep. Grayson lowers the bar,” and notes that this is just a progression of campaign smears:
We thought Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida reached a low point when he falsely accused his opponent of being a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, and of not loving his country. But now Grayson has lowered the bar even further. He’s using edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said. …
The ad compares Webster to “religious fanatics” in Afghanistan and Iran. It says Webster opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest, which is true. But it also claims that “Webster wants to impose his radical fundamentalism on us,” and to support that claim it blatantly misuses a video clip of Webster speaking at a Christian conference in Nashville in 2009. …take our poll - story continues below
Webster’s positions on abortion and marriage, and his religious views, are certainly fair game. But Grayson crosses the line when he uses manipulated video to cast Webster’s views in a false light, just as he did when he concocted a false accusation that Webster had been a Vietnam draft dodger.
Grayson was on MSNBC today and asked by Contessa Brewer to explain the campaign advertisement. Grayson tries to turn around the question and blames MSNBC for showing only part of his commercial. By doing so Grayson is shown as what he is, a bully and a liar. Watch the video below (H/T Jim Geraghty)
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