From the daily archives: Sunday, October 14, 2007

Honesty In Campaign Ads

On October 14, 2007 By

The Dispatch has a good piece today that picks apart the crime figures used in the campaign ads of the Columbus Mayoral candidates.

And, of course, Bill Todd’s ad takes the stats out of context:

Todd’s most recent radio ad cites a 2006 murder rate in Columbus that was higher than those in New York and Los Angeles. What he doesn’t mention: The September FBI report he uses shows Columbus’ rate was lower than Cincinnati’s, Cleveland’s and 23 other cities’ with populations of more than 250,000.

And so, I am reminded, of one of the most honest campaign ads […]

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At 3:51 am today the dispatch released this “enthusiastic endorsement” of Mayor Michael B. Coleman…

After nearly eight years of steady leadership, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman earns the enthusiastic endorsement of The Dispatch for another four-year term.

Under his watch, the city not only has lived within its means and retained its AAA bond rating, despite a less-than-robust economy, but also has made substantial gains in development and quality of life.

In a third Coleman term, Columbus can look forward to a blooming of Downtown as a result of his efforts to boost residential development, redevelop City Center, […]

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