The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is surprised by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s (RJC) remarkably sloppy use of citations in its latest ad. RJC uses an article in its footnotes that disproves its claim that Senator Barack Obama is against naming the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.
This is just the latest example of RJC’s ad campaign showing little regard for the truth. To counteract a portion of RJC’s dishonest and misinformation in its ads, today NJDC launched a new ad, “The Facts About the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Dishonest Campaign.”
“The RJC has become so disingenuous in its attempts to smear Senator Barack Obama in the Jewish community that it reference an article that is titled, ‘McCain misrepresents Obama's stand on naming Revolutionary Guard as terrorists,’” said Ira N. Forman, Executive Director of NJDC. “RJC’s sloppy use of citations reflects its careless treatment of the truth and RJC’s confidence that it will not be held accountable by the citations they provide.”
RJC’s last Jewish newspaper ad before Election Day actually cites an article from Annenberg Political Factcheck that takes Senator John McCain to task for misrepresenting Obama’s stance on naming the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. This article appears in a footnote in an attempt for RJC to support its claim that Obama is “against labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.”
NJDC’s latest ad responds to RJC’s most egregious lies from their ad from last week. The first was RJC’s false claim that McCain and Obama have different policies on a united Jerusalem. The second dishonest attack from the RJC was that Obama is against labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, which is also not true. Interestingly enough, NJDC uses the Annenberg article to show that RJC leveled a false charged and is the fifth footnote in the newest NJDC ad.
UPDATE: It was brought to NJDC's attention that RJC has now updated their ads and removed the Annenberg Political Factcheck reference in their citations in response to our press release.