Newsweek: McCain's Coal Ad is False

I've been writing about Sen. John McCain's intent to attack Barack Obama for his coal position in the battleground states where coal is important.

Sunday, I saw the ad on TV here in Denver.

Newsweek fact checks the ad and finds it false, but I wrote a much longer post over at 5280.com yesterday detailing just how false, based on Obama's coal record since his days as a state legislator in Illinois.

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    Unfortunately, there are false ads (none / 0) (#1)
    by kenosharick on Tue Sep 30, 2008 at 08:56:44 PM EST
    coming from both sides; I saw an anti-mccain ad that was not released by Obama, but was so disgusting it almost made me sick. This crap goes back to 1800 at least, when Jefferson hired a private detective type to spread gossip and lies about John Adams.

    But...Obama didn't release the ad? (none / 0) (#2)
    by stevea66 on Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 01:19:41 AM EST
    There's the difference, I guess.  It's typical for their ad people to create an ad, hoping for approval.  Then the candidate sees the ad, hopefully, and either approves or doesn't.  McCain approves everything.  Obama, apparently, does not.

    What he means (none / 0) (#3)
    by Steve M on Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 01:26:29 AM EST
    is that the ad was released (or else, how would he have seen it?) but that it was created by some 527 group or private individual rather than the Obama campaign.  Lots of sleazy stuff takes place without the knowledge or control of either campaign.