"As most of us know, Hochul doesn't even live in the nation's capital," Wooten snidely reports. That's correct, as evidenced by the Buffalo, New York street address depicted in the ad itself.
Next, our intrepid truth squad blows the lid off of several additional "misleading at best" claims in the spot. The script "misleads" viewers by suggesting that as a local and county executive, Hochul voted "to raise fees on all kinds of things," including playing golf and owning a dog.
The verdict: It turns out that Hochul did, in fact, vote to raise fees on golfing -- but only on public courses. And the vote was unanimous. And ("the kicker") it was supported by a citizens' group. Busted! Although the NRCC claim may be absolutely true, Wooten admonishes his audience, what drags it into "misleading at best" territory is the omission of some barely germane (at best!) context.
What about the "misleading" claim that Hochul raised fees on dog ownership? Lay your righteous truthiness on us, Michael: "Hochul did vote to impose a dog licensing fee in 2004," but it was required by the state and was lower than a similar fee in a neighboring town. Busted! Thank heavens NBC2 is "on our side." Without their convoluted "fact check," I might have come to the conclusion that the candidate had done...precisely what she did.
Interestingly, this "truth test" doesn't challenge the NRCC's facts on Hochul's fee (i.e. "tax") increases on ice skating, gym membership, cabin renting, or beach going. Perhaps the Hochul campaign couldn't muster a single threadbare, ass-covering excuse for NBC 2 to breathlessly report on those points.
Wooten wraps up the segment by informing us that he's reached out to the NRCC for a response to his reportage, but has not yet received a statement (the Hochul campaign called the whole commercial a "smear tactic," natch). I know the NRCC has a crackerjack press shop that's more than capable of handling this sort of thing, but just for fun, I thought I'd take a stab at crafting a statement of my own:
"Despite NBC 2's best efforts at Democrat-enabling obfuscation, the contents of this advertisement are factually accurate -- as your 'truth test' inadvertently makes clear."
Too much snark?
UPDATE - NBC2 has updated their write-up with an official response from the NRCC:
The RNCC defended using "Washington Lobbyist" in the ad. Spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said, "It's amazing how quickly Hochul is distancing herself from her extensive career as a Washington insider and lobbyist. One thing we know for sure, Western New Yorkers are quickly learning that they can't afford to send Kathy Hochul to Congress."
Bozek referred to a newspaper article that claimed Hochul said she "has always been enamored with the whole 'D.C. thing.'"