Washington Post Flags Democrat Mark Warner's 'Dictator' Smear of Opponent Ed Gillespie

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Oct 22, 2014 9:45 AM

The Washington Post is reporting Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s airing a factually challenged ad that claims his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie lobbied for a “dictator.” Buried on page B-4, reporter Rachel Weiner’s article doesn’t sound like a fact-check from the headline: “Attack ad from Warner links Gillespie’s former firm to ‘dictator’.”

In the ad, a female narrator claims “His firm even lobbied for five foreign governments, including a dictator now awaiting trial for war crimes.” The firm, Quinn Gillespie, was co-founded by former Al Gore chief of staff Jack Quinn. The Post "Fact Checker" also cried foul, giving the ad three Pinocchios.