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CT station to shadowy right wing group: Sorry, we're not airing your falsehoods anymore

A TV station in Connecticut has agreed to stop running the right-wing ad I flagged yesterday that attacks Dem Rep. Chris Murphy with various false claims and distortions, including the assertion that health reform could land people in jail, the Murphy campaign confirms.

As I reported, the ad is bankrolled by the American Action Network, another one of those shadowy conservative groups that doesn't disclose its donors. The group has sunk at least $445,000 into attacking Murphy, who is running for reelection in a tough district against Republican Sam Caligiuri.

The ad recycles several long-debunked claims: Health reform means $500 billion in Medicare cuts; it will require the hiring of thousands of IRS agents; and it could lead to "jail time for anyone without coverage."

FoxCT, the local Fox affiliate, informed the Murphy campaign that it would stop running the American Action Network ad after the Murphy camp sent the station a letter detailing the ad's falsehoods, the Murphy campaign confirms.

"We have verified that the ad in question is not accurate and will pull their schedule going forward," a FoxCT executive wrote to the Murphy campaign in an email sent my way. "I hope you have reached out to the other stations and they follow the same course."

I'm told other another Connecticut station may follow suit. If so, I'll update you.

All of which is to confirm -- yet again -- that the untold part of this story is that this national campaign bankrolled by secret cash is flooding airwaves across the country with an untold number of falsehoods and distortions. We'll probably never have a clear picture of this campaign's scope and reach, or the depth and extent of its mendacity.

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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"Health reform means $500 billion in Medicare cuts; it will require the hiring of thousands of IRS agents; and it could lead to "jail time for anyone without coverage."

The only way that WON'T happen is if the GOP can repeal ObamaCare first ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 26, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Did the Fox station actually tell the group they were "shadowy?"

On Sharon Angle - I think there is a vast misunderstanding here. Isn't she part Native American???

A great deal of Mexicans are Native American as well - the percentage of European blood is much less than in the US.

My point is that Sharon Angle shares an affinity with the Mexicans through her Native American heritage - and that has been getting lost through her statements.

Illegal migration is still illegal migration.


However, if an illegal alien is going to be in this country, the taxpayers might as well pay for their college education, right?

It is much better to have a college-educated illegal alien taking away a job - better than having a bunch of uneducated illegal aliens, right?

They are ONLY taking jobs that Americans don't want, right?

The whole thing makes sense - OH HECK, let them vote before they become citizens too - it's not like the democrats aren't going to register them anyway, right?


Posted by: LeafofLife | October 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


Obama took $500 Billion in funding from Medicare and put it in his health care program so Obama could say it was "paid for"

Somewhere $500 Billion is missing - from one of the programs.


This was reported in the Washington Post

What - are they trying to say that the $500 Billion was TAKEN, but the cutes haven't been made yet ??? This is a liar pushing a lie - and saying the other person is the one not telling the truth.


Posted by: LeafofLife | October 26, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for GOOD PEOPLE who know right from wrong.

Republican Tea Party = WRONG

CT tv station = RIGHT

It's that simple.

It's called FACTS.

It's called REALITY.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 26, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Greg Sargent:

How are you CERTAIN that no one will go to jail if they refuse to sign up / pay for their mandated ObamaCare? Vicki Weaver was shot in the head for a far less grave offense.

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Greg, I'm convinced you can do better in the adjective game than "shadowy." Get together with Bernie and see if you can make it sound more menacing.

On a more serious note, is there a location that keeps tracking of monies spent by each "side"? As in, total funds spent by parties candidates,special interests, shadowy, potentially NAMBLA sourced rightwing fascist money (see, it's fun too!) I'm still convinced that when you toss in union cash and GOTV efforts that the left will come out on top.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 26, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


Par for the course from Greg Sargent. We will no doubt be banned for pointing out his hypocrisy.

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 26, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Greg - If you don't do something about your troll infestation all you will be left with is trolls.

Posted by: nisleib | October 26, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse


Ever hear a democrat go over Obama's 2008 campaign pledges - and check off whether each one was a deception or lie ???

Seriously, and where was the outcry when Woodward's book came out and proved that Obama was LYING about Afghanistan all during 2008?

Clearly, Obama spent $700 MILLION "flooding the airwaves with and untold number of falsehoods and distortions"


The American People are completely sick of these kinds of narratives from the democrats and the liberals. It makes no sense even trying to talk to them. The liberals have become a NATIONAL DISGRACE.

Posted by: LeafofLife | October 26, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, my wife and I do not live in Murphy's district. We are going to vote for Janet Peckinpaugh, however, instead of Joe Courtney : )

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg, how 'bout a link to Paige Cunningham's article debunking the latest Connolly attack ad for some balance? Wonder what nefarious outside/non-transparent group paid for that smear? Also, isn't it comforting to know you'll be gainfully employed the next six years covering Sen Sharon Angle? No way you're finished obsessing over her on Nov 3, right?

Posted by: dccrab | October 26, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

One of our native sons is doing very well. We Kenyans will be dancing in the streets of Nairobi tonight. My fellow Kenyans; today we are all Americans

American people still love President Obama more than they did Reagan and Clinton at the same stage of their first terms.

Damn clever Kenyan has pulled the wool over all their eyes, just like our other Kenyan, Paris Hilton has.

"Midterm Snapshot: Enthusiasm for Obama Reelection Bid Greater Than for Reagan in 1982

Two years ahead of the next presidential election, the public is divided over whether Barack Obama should run for a second term as president. About half (47%) say they would like to see Obama run again in 2012, while 42% say they would not. This is better than the outlook for Ronald Reagan in August 1982; at that point, just 36% of the public said they wanted to see Reagan – who subsequently went on to win his second term by an 18-point margin – run for reelection.

The latest Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection poll, sponsored by SHRM, conducted October 21-24 among 1,006 adults, finds that the 47% who currently say they would like Obama to run again is comparable to public opinion about Bill Clinton on a similar question following the 1994 midterm elections (44% thought Clinton should seek the 1996 Democratic nomination, 47% did not)."

Posted by: Liam-still | October 26, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Let's hope Nevadans wet their pants and choose idiot Angle. Otherwise you wackjobs are liable to come after us with your guns to exercise your "2nd Amendment" rights per Sharon wingnut's suggestion.

Or maybe you'll just gang up on us and knock us to the ground to stomp on our heads like Rand Paul's wingnuts. You people are the most unAmerican group I've seen in my lifetime. Have you been fitted yet for your brownshirt?

Posted by: rukidding7 | October 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

How DARE they stop airing our propaganda !! This is blasphemy!! Blasphemy I tell you!! Get Karl on the phone...we'll clear this up with Karl and Rush immediately !!! Oh, Ailes is on line 2 waiting for me?? WHY???

Oh, he has a secret submarine attack scheduled later to day and wants to make sure I know before it happens and can plan how we are going to react to the mass panic he wants to create.. If they are going to stop our propaganda, I guess a submarine scare only makes sense!! Get the bull horns ready and make sure they are all charged up so we can scream all day!! AAARRGGGGhhhhhhhh................

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse


There is a fundamental issue at play here

The "wedge" issues are simply not available to Obama and the democrats anymore.

All of Obama's claims to bipartisanship in 2008 have basically destroyed the effectiveness of all the democratic "wedge" issues - EVERY TIME Obama and the democrats try one of them, they spark a sense of hypocrisy in the voters.

It is pretty clear.

Obama's own deceptions have come back to hurt him and the democrats. The American people are tired of it.

Posted by: LeafofLife | October 26, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

All, the woman attacked by Rand Paul supporters has a concussion and sprained arm:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 26, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Why didn't you read the response from the US Chamber of Commerce last week?

Because contained in that response is a LINK to a Washington Post article which specifically outlines the $500 Billion which Obama took from Medicare and put in his health care plan.

This was WELL KNOWN last winter and spring. It was one of the few parts of the health care legislation which was in the public eye.

I really am dimayed that FIRST, you don't appear to KNOW that from the health care debate last winter. YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT.

And then, the response from the US Chamber of Commerce - linking articles from the Washington Post. Meanwhile, you REFUSE to state that Obama said one thing about Afghanistan in 2008, and almost immediately upon taking office SECRETLY changed his position and started pressuring the Pentagon to take a differenct direction.

Why don't you concentrate on that DISTORTION AND FALSEHOOD?

That is about a war.

Posted by: LeafofLife | October 26, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

All, the woman attacked by Rand Paul supporters has a concussion and sprained arm:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 26, 2010 12:51 PM


Posted by: pragmaticstill | October 26, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


"shadowy right wing group"

Could you please confirm what exactly qualifies a group as "shadowy"?

Posted by: ScottC3 | October 26, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

since Mr Sargent won't define his term, I'll provide the missing info:

Shadowy, to Mr Sargent, means: having the nerve to disagree with the liberal agenda and being willing to spend some money saying so.

what I think is so ghastly about Mr Sargent's failure to be intellectually honest is the fact that unions, especially AFSCME are spending millions to insure that Democrats remain in power.

And why? Well it is a simple feedback loop. The American taxpayers fund a huge, bloated government workforce. That workforce is required to join the union and have dues automatically deducted from their pay. Their pay, it should be noted, is derived directly from the Taxpayers. The union, in turn, uses those dues to fund the campaigns of Democrat politicians who favor enlarging the bloated government work force.
Here's proof:
"The head of AFSCME’s political operation, Larry Scanlon, explained to the Journal, “The more members coming in, the more dues coming in, the more money we have for politics.”

Rich Lowry boils it all down to this: either the government works for us or we work for the government. AFSCME wants us to work for them. This election is, in part, a referendum on that issue.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | October 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Leafoflife and all those other trolls on this thread just want one thing: Attention. Negative or positive, they desperately need and will do anything for attention. They are hard to ignore and will aggressively up the ante in outrageous remarks that they don't even believe; but if it gets people aggravated enough to respond, these pathetic attention seeking trolls will be in 7th Heaven. Don't count on any of them to be civil or have intelligent posts. Bleep over them.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | October 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse


While you may not think that my posts are "intelligent" I challenge you to quote a SINGLE un-civil post of mine.

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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