If there’s one thing you learn in journalism, political campaigns are single-minded and persistent.
There are so many different ways to connect with voters nowadays that all the fact-checking in the world won’t keep a candidate and his or her team from sticking to a particular narrative if they think it’s got juice.
Democrat Susan Bysiewicz declined to yank a television ad containing factual errors during the summer primary for U.S. Senate against U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.
Weeks later a Murphy ad aired against his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, was declared “somewhat misleading” by The Hartford Courant.
And although our newspapers today and others earlier in the week (CT News Junkie and CT Mirror, for example) published articles that challenge the McMahon campaign’s recent ethics charges against Murphy, McMahon’s camp is out today with an easily digestible graphic reiterating the same allegations he got a sweetheart line of credit and then backed the 2008 bank bailout.
I like the McMahon campaign’s mixed messages about Murphy – how in some ads he’s portrayed as a slacker who skipped crucial meetings and wasn’t engaged in the 2008 financial crisis yet in this graphic apparently should be held responsible for proposing, crafting and passing the bailout…