Northwest News: Debunking candidate claims with fiery pants; Investigation into off-campus Central Washington University party that sent 12 to hospital
Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 9:30 AM Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010, 9:53 AM
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Confession time: we love The Oregonian's recent efforts to PolitiFact Oregon candidates for public office. And when the lies are big, the ratings pull no punches. Case in point, today's offering by politics writer, Janie Har on House Democrats' claim that Matt Wand, a candidate for state House, cut police when he was on the Troutdale City Council and created a slush fund.
Not so fast, says Har:
So, it’s inaccurate to say that Wand cut the police force when he didn’t. It’s inaccurate to say that he selfishly created a "slush fund" for his own expenses, when he didn’t. This attack on Wand’s character -- remember, he is pictured next to a slogan that reads "to protect and serve ... himself" -- shows a reckless disregard for the truth. Even in political advertising.
This mailer is not only false, it’s ridiculous. We rate this Pants on Fire.
Central Washington Universityofficials are investigating an off-campus party that left a dozen students hospitalized after apparently being drugged by drinking a spiked beverage during an off-campus party Friday night.