I never watch political ads on t.v., mainly because I never watch any ads – I record all the shows I watch on my DVR, and fast-forward through the ads. I save many, many hours of my life over the course of a month by doing this. So I haven’t personally seen the ad to which this Oshkosh Northwestern editorial refers, but I think it is notable that such a centrist newspaper has called out Randy Hopper, the incumbent Republican State Senator, for literally lying about his Democratic opponent, Jessica King, in his recent ad-
When does a political ad stretch and twist the truth so blatantly that it crosses the line into an outright lie? It is not always apparent in the sea of asterisks and other official explanations used to support the conclusion that a candidate’s opponent does not support motherhood or the flag.
Yet even if voters expect hyperbole and leaps of logic when a distorted image appears on a TV screen, they don’t expect to see the complete disregard for the basic facts found in an ad paid for by State Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Empire.
The last segment of the ad accuses Jessica King, his Democratic recall opponent in the 18th Senate district, of supporting a pay raise while she served on the Common Council. Not only is that false, she in fact, voted against the ordinance raising the pay for council members and the mayor in 2008, the ad uses distorted math to arrive at a purported percentage of 63 percent that she increased her own pay.
Hooper’s whopper strains his credibility on three counts: Saying King supported a pay raise she voted “no” on, using fuzzy math for a gotcha percentage and taking a logical nose dive that a her vote in favor of the city budget is an indication of support for a pay raise.
Did I mention that the recall election is in two weeks? 14 days? 336 hours?