Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was smacked with a fact check on Friday for making false claims in a campaign ad against his Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin.
The ad, entitled “C’mon Glenn,” came under scrutiny by the Washington Post fact checker for its “misleading” editing that makes it appear that Youngkin is praising McAuliffe’s handling of the economy in 2017, when McAuliffe previously served as Virginia’s governor.
“But before he ran for office, he was a big fan of Terry McAuliffe and his record as governor,” the 39-second ad claims.
The spot’s soundbites were broken down by the fact checker Adriana Usero, who wrote that McAuliffe’s ad “seeks to portray Youngkin as two-faced, decrying in the campaign that ‘our commonwealth is in the ditch’ while actually praising McAuliffe years before the investment guru decided to enter politics.”
NPR AFFILIATE RETRACTS FACT-CHECK OF MCAULIFFE’S ‘MISLEADING’ ATTACK AD ON YOUNGKIN, WATERS DOWN DEM CRITICISM
“While the McAuliffe campaign can point to moments when Youngkin approved of the economy under the current Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, the ad relies on selective editing to suggest Youngkin was equally praiseworthy of McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018,” Usero continues.
The source of the soundbites comes from a April 2017 Export-Import Bank panel discussion on the global economy.
“We have one out of 50 states that’s doing very well, and particularly in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” one of the soundbites says.
The piece highlighted that the “ad is crafted to make it appear as if Youngkin said this as a complete sentence” and revealed the first half of the sentence in the spliced footage happens almost a half-hour apart from the second half.
Go To The SourceRead More