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Murray’s attack ads stretch facts beyond recognition

Post by Kim Bradford on Oct. 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm with 8 Comments »
October 7, 2010 8:38 pm

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Every high-stakes political campaign is built on a certain amount of hyperbole.

Politicians are never as perfect – nor their opponents as flawed – as the caricatures crafted to win elections.

But license to exaggerate isn’t permission to spin attacks out of thin air. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray would do well to keep that in mind. Two of her recent attacks on Republican challenger Dino Rossi are contortions worthy of a Cirque du Soleil acrobat.

Last month, hours after Murray and Rossi appeared together before The News Tribune editorial board, Murray concocted the yarn that Rossi had outed himself as a Boeing foe. “Rossi Says France Should Have Unfair Advantage in Building Tanker for America’s Military,” blared her press release about the meeting.

What Rossi actually said – in response to the question of whether World Trade Organization rulings on illegal subsidies to Boeing and European rival Airbus should be considered in awarding a contract for Air Force aerial refueling tankers – was “No, not as far as I’m concerned, no.”

Rossi later clarified, saying he meant that Boeing shouldn’t be faulted for the help it’s received from the U.S. government. He’s all for dinging Airbus for the subsidies it received from European governments, Rossi assured reporters.

At most, Rossi betrayed himself as unprepared to address what has become a significant Washington issue. But a secret ringer for Airbus? No way.

That hasn’t stopped Murray. She’s gone from mischaracterizing Rossi’s answer to mischaracterizing the question. A recent television ad says Rossi “was asked if Boeing workers should have a level playing field.”

Wrong again. No editorial board member pitched Rossi such a softball question.
On Wednesday, Murray’s campaign struck again, twisting Rossi’s comments to a talk radio host to the point of absurdity.

“In an offensive and bald attempt to continue to smear his way to victory, 18-year politician Dino Rossi this morning insulted millions of Americans troops and others who serve their country,” Murray’s press release reads. “Speaking on the Laura Ingraham show, Dino stated plainly that he thinks their service to their country is meaningless.”

Here’s what Rossi actually said when asked about the business background of the White House staff:

“Well, you have a bunch of people that are in charge that have never actually had a private sector job, and a meaningful one, in their adult lives.”

Murray’s attempts to put words in Rossi’s mouth are all the more disappointing because they aren’t necessary. They are the stuff of third-party attacks financed by special interests, not an 18-year senator who has a strong record and an opponent with actual, not imagined, positions to debate.

Murray should knock it off.

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  1. hortonpeak says:

    Well, since Murray has an open record on which to run and Dino can sit back and pretend he has some record but in reality has nothing one must give Murray some slack. Come on. Perhaps you should spend an equal amount of time on Dino’s ads in which he attacks Murray, approves the ad and moves on. Dino has no record of actually having balanced anything. Come on do the history of his tenure in the senate and Senator Jim West. Oh, but wait, that is ancient history. Just how the hell is Murray supposed to deal with Dino when he has had to take responsibility for nothing. Murrow and Cronkite are very upset.

  2. johnearl says:

    hortonpeak,

    “Just how the hell is Murray supposed to deal with Dino when he has had to take responsibility for nothing.”

    That’s a fair question. But of all the possible answers in the universe, making clearly false accusations are among the least acceptable choice.

  3. hortonpeak says:

    Perhaps to start the inspection and conversation. Based on your response I would say, “point made”. Cheers.

  4. hortonpeak says:

    “Murray’s attempts to put words in Rossi’s mouth are all the more disappointing because they aren’t necessary. They are the stuff of third-party attacks financed by special interests, not an 18-year senator who has a strong record and an opponent with actual, not imagined, positions to debate.”

    Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/opinion/2010/10/07/murray’s-attack-ads-stretch-facts-beyond-recognition/#more-10996#ixzz11k36qVDb

    Yes, a strong record for Murray. As for the “opponent with actual, not imagined, … ” Would you please provide those actual positions in which he actually had to take a stand, as in take a vote, vice voice some platitude. I am eagerly awaiting your list of actual meaningful decision making in which he has to stand by a public record of an unquestioned yes or no vote on something. And, please do not bore the public with old crap of how he managed to balance the budget sent forth by Locke and mostly worked by Jim West.

  5. hortonpeak says:

    And, additionally, I might add. The editorial, but not the comments, will appear in tomorrow’s print edition. Why not include the comments that have been collected during your preview on the blogs. Cannot do that because it is late and the presses are rolling. Or, are they not rolling yet, and the actual editorial will be changed based on input. Seems that has happened but when comments where much earlier in the day. Might consider a 2-day lag but then the parakeets and parrots do need cage liners. Eagerly awaiting my plastic bag enclosed, thank you I hate wet newsprint, paper in the am.

  6. Americans have given this Congress one of the lowest ratings on record. Returning any of them, Democrat or Republican, is criminal. Unfortunately most Washington state voters think and love Pork and Patty is a Pork Queen. She needs to be put out to pasture.

  7. hortonpeak says:

    I presume you have not used any of the “porK” brought back to the state by elected officials. If not, I salute you, but I quite frankly cannot see how you could not. Please provide details of your life style – I am in envy since mine is so complicated.

  8. hortonpeak: The last thing we do every day is post our editorials to this blog, so you are right: The presses are, in a sense, already rolling by the time comments are made. I like your suggestion about posting editorials early and including comments when they appear in the printed edition; however, we haven’t been able to achieve that kind of production schedule given the manpower we have. We want the editorials to be as timely as possible, and that often necessitates writing them in the afternoon on deadline.

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