Nonpartisan Fact-Check Organizations Continue To Repeatedly Debunk False Mandel Attacks, TV-Ads Against Sherrod Brown
COLUMBUS, OHIO – With Ohio’s part-time Treasurer struggling to last more than a week without being forced to address a new legal or ethical violation, Josh Mandel and outside groups are launching numerous false and misleading attacks against Senator Sherrod Brown. Apparently not content with simply distorting Sherrod’s record, they’ve even taken to distorting his picture.
Below is a side by side of the original Associated Press photo and one recently altered in the latest false attack ad launched to prop up Josh Mandel. Yes—a beard was added in.
But whether the ads echo Josh Mandel’s support for a plan to end Medicare as we know it, or his refusal to sign onto a plan that would lower the deficit by ending massive tax breaks for Big Oil, they all have one thing in common. The attacks are false, misleading and have been blasted by non-partisan, independent fact-check organizations as “ridiculous,” and “inaccurate.”
- Josh Mandel’s Pants On Fire: Josh Mandel’s desperate attempt to link Sherrod Brown to isolated inappropriate acts by protestors was blasted by PolitiFact Ohio who argued that“no such evidence exists,” and the situation was “quite the opposite, in fact.” Mandel’s claim was so pathetic that Politifact gave him a “PANTS ON FIRE” rating, concluding that Mandel’s “statement is not accurate and also makes a ridiculous claim.”
- 60 Plus & Pat Boone’s Pants On Fire: In a failed attempt to hide the fact that Josh Mandel supports a plan to end Medicare as we know it, the anti-AARP organization 60 Plus used out of work singer Pat Boone to lie about Sherrod Brown’s record of defending Medicare and falsely claim that health reform would cut Medicare and lead to rationing. Once again, PolitiFact Ohio blasted the claim as “not only inaccurate,” but “ridiculous” and rated it “PANTS ON FIRE.” Factcheck.org ripped Pat Boone for “misleading seniors” and stated that 60 Plus was “still wrong on Medicare.”
- The U.S. Chamber’s “Problematic” Attack: The secretly funded Chamber falsely claimed that Sen. Sherrod Brown voted to raise taxes, when in reality he voted to end massive tax breaks for only the 5 biggest oil companies who are enjoying billions in profits while Ohioans struggle with prices at the pump. Factcheck.org called the ad “problematic” and accusing Sherrod of voting for higher energy taxes is “debatable, to say the least.” Factcheck.org conclude
d that if you asked an economist if taxes would go up because of Sherrod’s vote, they would “generally say no.”
“The countless false and misleading claims made by Josh Mandel and his special interest friends have repeatedly been debunked by numerous non-partisan organizations, and apparently not just content with distorting his record they’ve now taken to distorting his picture,” said Ohio Democratic Party Press Secretary Justin Barasky. “Instead of repeated efforts to mislead the public, Josh Mandel and his special interest friends should explain why he refuses to stand up for Ohio’s middle class against bad trade deals and China’s unfair currency manipulation which hurts our economy and costs jobs.”
Politifact: 60 Plus Ad Against Sen. Brown “Not Only Inaccurate, It’s Ridiculous.” – Rated “Pants on Fire.” In November 2011, Politifact wrote of the 60 Plus Association ad running in Ohio against Senator Brown “The claim by 60 Plus Association is not only inaccurate, it’s ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire. [Politifact, 11/7/11]
Factcheck.org: 60 Plus Mislead Seniors With False Claims. In November 2011, Factcheck.org wrote that 60 Plus Association “mislead seniors by making false claims about the law’s effect on Medicare.” [Factcheck.org, 11/16/11]
Chamber of Commerce Ad Against Sen. Brown “Problematic” And “Debatable, To Say The Least.” In November 2011, Factcheck.org called a U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad against Senator Brown “problematic” and said that the claims were “debatable, to say the least.” [Factcheck.org, 11/21/11]
Politifact: Mandel’s Claims Against Brown “Ridiculous” And Rated “Pants On Fire.” In November 2011, Politifact Ohio called Mandel’s claims that Senator Brown “egged on” protestors “not accurate” and “ridiculous” earning Mandel Politifact’s worst rating of “Pants on Fire.” [Politifact, 11/14/11]