Truth Test: Union Ad Attacks Cravaack
A new TV ad produced by the AFSCME labor union focuses on Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack's record in Congress.
It makes the assertion he votes in favor of legislation favored by campaign contributors, a frequent charge leveled against almost all politicians. We put the ad through the "Truth Test."
There's little proof Cravaack votes only for legislation supported by contributors, but most of the facts in the ad appear to be true.
Voters will have to make up their own minds on whether the votes amount to political payback. See why the ad gets an A-minus on the "Truth Test."
How We Grade Political Ads in "Truth Test"
At the end of every "Truth Test," 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and KSTP.COM assign the tested political ad a grade. Here's the criteria we use to determine that grade.
An "A" requires nearly complete accuracy with little exaggeration and little or no need for more context.
A "B" requires mostly accurate information, but gets marked down for minor exaggerations and misleading information.
A "C" can be the result of inaccurate information or exaggerated information that misleads and gives the viewer no context.
A "D" is the result of at least half the information being false or misleading to the point of leaving a false impression.
An "F" is the result of more than half the information being outright false as well as misleading and out of context.