With all the spin and rumor-mongering going on this election season, it’s a good thing there’s FactCheck.org to do some much-needed investigation, because those inflated claims and scurrilous smears only work when voters don’t do their homework. Here, the FactCheck squad tackles the McCain campaign ad entitled “Alaska Maverick,” about a certain lady from the Land of the Midnight Sun.


The ad uses a partial quote — she “has a record of bi-partisan reform” — from an Aug. 29 Associated Press report. Those words do appear in the article, but so do several others that aren’t as flattering.

In fact, the AP report raises some questions about Palin’s credentials, saying: “She is younger and less experienced than the first-term Illinois senator, and brings an ethical shadow to the ticket.” It also says, “Palin’s lack of experience undercuts GOP charges that Obama is not ready to be commander in chief.”

The ad also quotes the Wall Street Journal as saying, “Governor Palin’s credentials as an agent of reform exceed Barack Obama’s.” But those words didn’t come from the newspaper’s reporters, they came from the WSJ’s editorial board, which is notably conservative and generally friendly to Republicans and hostile to Democrats.

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