TV Ad Attacking Chip Cravaack Gets Low Mark On "Truth Test"
At least five television ads are now airing on Twin Cities stations in the 8th District Congressional race. All of them are attack ads and none of them have been paid for by the candidates themselves. Republican Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan are being targeted by outside interest groups. Here is our "Truth Test" of an ad paid for by the House Majority Political Action Committee targeting Cravaack.
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.