Thursday, October 05, 2006

Patty Wetterling’s Dishonesty, the Star-Tribune’s Complicity.

This is a tale of two Patty Wetterling TV ads forming a trend.

Ad number one claims that her opponent for the 6th district House seat, Michelle Bachman, is for a national sales tax that would ad 23% to the cost of just about everything you buy, resulting in a much higher tax burden for everyone. This was so misleading that WCCO and even DNC-fax-machine Star Tribune had to take note.

Wetterling’s ad falls on two critical points: 1) that the tax would REPLACE the existing income tax, and 2) Candidate Bachman hasn’t endorsed the tax proposal as presented, simply calling it “worthy of debate.”

Now Wetterling has an even more egregious ad claiming that House Republican leaders have “…admitted to covering up the predatory behavior of a congressman who used the internet to molest children.”

This, of course, is a lie. The same STRIB reporter in his blog says that he can find no support for such a statement. Yet in a story about the Wetterling ad, the STRIB fails to mention that there is absolutely no evidence for the claim (although a small change is made at the end of the web edition of the story).

Given the two back-to-back ads, I think we can say that Patty Wetterling is not a very honest person. This is a tragic down-fall for someone who once had the moral high-ground through the abduction and disappearance of her son. Maybe that’s why the STRIB is not reporting what it should.

Hugh Hewitt’s blog is all over this here, here and here.

Thoughts from Captain’s Quarters are here.

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