TRUTH TEST: Paper Mill Explosion Becomes Hot Issue in 6th District Race
The explosion and fire that destroyed the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell and killed one worker is now a hot issue in the 6th District Congressional race between Michele Bachmann and Jim Graves.
The Graves campaign produced a TV ad that features union members from the Verso plant.
They claim Bachmann ignored their plight in the aftermath of the explosion and didn't do anything to help them or the plant.
Watch the video above to see what we found after we put the ad through 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.