Thursday, September 11, 2008

McCain Attack Ad Intentionally Gets It Wrong

Sen. John McCain seems to be an honorable man. He's served his country honorably in war and peace. But his campaign tactics over the past several weeks have been increasingly dishonorable, a fact that reflects poorly on the candidate. 

The latest McCain attack ad is a prime example. It seriously distorts—lies about, would be more accurate—Sen. Obama's position on a sex education bill that came before the Illinois legislature several years ago, making Obama appear to have position on that issue that he does not have. 

Here's part of an article from today's New York Times, which deconstructs the McCain ad and refutes the charges: 

Ad on Sex Education Distorts Obama Policy 

It is a misstatement of the bill's purpose, therefore, to maintain, as the McCain campaign advertisement does, that Mr. Obama favored conventional sex education as a policy for 5-year-olds. Under the Illinois proposal, "medically accurate" education about more complicated topics…would have been reserved for older students in higher grades.

1 comment:

Annemarie said...

John McCain's campaign is an accurate indicator of his character. Contrary to what everyone says about him, he is anything but honorable.

His distortion of Barack Obama's position on a commonsense measure that teaches young children about inappropriate touching is only the latest manifestation of his lack of integrity.

I can't help wondering what world he is living in--all children get some small, age-appropriate form of sex education rather than just one talk. Along with his basic dishonesty, this shows his limited and rigid mindset--something that will not serve the country well if he ever becomes president.