Cotton asks Pryor to remove 4-Pinocchio claim from website

posted at 9:21 pm on April 3, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

The Pryor campaign claim: Cotton “was a Washington insider working for insurance companies and corporate special interests,” Pryor’s website claims. And, “Before Congress, Cotton got paid handsomely working for insurance companies,” says the voiceover on an ad running in Arkansas.

The truth: Rep. Tom Cotton used to work for consulting company McKinsey, which does some work for some insurance companies, but Cotton never worked on those projects.

Glenn Kessler, Washington Post fact-checker:

This attack ad attempts to connect the dots: Rep. Tom Cotton made a fortune working for insurance companies, the story goes, and so he would happily do their bidding as Republicans dismantle Medicare. The ad even helpfully provides an image of connected dots.

The problem is that these dots are as phony as a three-dollar bill.

Click to watch a great new feature of the Post‘s, fact-checking each the in video form. It’s slick, simple, and effective:

Cotton ad

Alana Goodman of the Free Beacon reports:

Despite the pushback from fact-checkers, the Senate Majority PAC said it will continue to run the ad.

Cotton’s campaign said on Thursday that the line of attack “originated on Pryor’s campaign website.”

“If Senator Pryor has a shred of integrity, he’ll take down this discredited lie from his website and apologize to the voters he has misled with these false accusations,” Cotton campaign manager Justin Brasell said in a statement.

Gonna be a nasty year in Arkansas.


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Gonna be nasty because the desperate Democrat is backed into a losing corner. I can’t wait to vote for Cotton and kick Pryor to the curb.

Charlemagne on April 3, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Fight fire with fire, Tom. Just make some sh!t up. No more difficult than that.

Lanceman on April 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

If Pryor had a shred of integrity, he couldn’t be a Democrat.

eucher on April 3, 2014 at 9:34 PM

But … but …
Mark Pryor is “entitled” to make those scurrilous claims against Tom Cotton …
because …
and Shut Up.

Another Drew on April 3, 2014 at 9:36 PM

eucher on April 3, 2014 at 9:34 PM

If he had just a shred, he could be a Republican. That brand is ruined.

MT on April 3, 2014 at 9:42 PM

If I was Cotton I would just put an ad out saying Pryor has close ties to Islamic terrorists.

The Notorious G.O.P on April 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Inaccurate claim by a desperate campaign. I can’t wait to hear Pryor’s concessions speech.

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2014 at 9:47 PM

So…now factcheckers aren’t allowed to call out lies made by Democrats anymore??

Wait, what??

Newtie and the Beauty on April 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Tone. From the white house. Typical.

locomotivebreath1901 on April 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

It’s not a good ad. It’s too complicated for most voters and the rebuttal is silent with no voice over, which is rarely effective

It’s also not clear that the 4 pinnochios were for Pryor, not cotton

matthew8787 on April 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Gonna be a nasty year in Arkansas.

Both Clintons will be in the State campaigning for Mark, son of David,Pryor. Thankfully, the obamanation WON’T…

Hopefully, the Pryor people won’t get too out of control with Cotton. Otherwise, Jill might have to enumerate Mark, son of David’s indignities

Gohawgs on April 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Lanceman on April 3, 2014 at 9:28 PM

No. We`d be no better than them if we did that and we`d have no credibility. Be tough, aggressive, outspoken and unashamed of what we believe in. But NO lying, ever.

That`s what they do.

ThePrez on April 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Get a guy with a similar voice to do the audio with some eerie music and a shadowy figure in the background but clearly identifiable as Pryor: “Mark Pryor is routinely seen around young little boys offering them candy dressed in a trench-coat according to witnesses who wish to remain silent out of fear for their lives. Mark Pryor. Pedophile. Bad for our kids. This ad paid for by Citizens for Safe Children who don’t deserve to be raped by Mark Pryor PAC.”

Borgcube on April 3, 2014 at 9:57 PM

If I was Cotton I would just put an ad out saying Pryor has close ties to Islamic terrorists.

The Notorious G.O.P on April 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

If I were Cotton I’d say I had it on good authority that Pryor hasn’t paid any taxes for the last ten years.

Lanceman on April 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Pryor is a pedophile.

Ronnie on April 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

The next Pryor ad will state that the racist Republicans want blacks to pick Cotton!

Nah, that would be true, though easily misunderstood by LIV.

NiteOwl on April 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM

So make off you are Jesse Jackson and sue the scumbag!

If it is true – it is slander

If it is not don’t sue

fight them hard and mean!

Obamatrix on April 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Gonna be nasty because the desperate Democrat is backed into a losing corner. I can’t wait to vote for Cotton and kick Pryor to the curb.

Charlemagne on April 3, 2014 at 9:27 PM

It’s gonna be nasty across the board. The Dems may be backed into a corner but they’re going to pull out every dirty trick and lie to save themselves. Be ready. It’s going to get really, really ugly.

yongoro on April 3, 2014 at 10:35 PM

…so Pryor lies…and people are surprised?

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Pryor is against gay marriage. He, as the Mozilla CEO, needs to resign, along with obama.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Despite the pushback from fact-checkers, the Senate Majority PAC said it will continue to run the ad.

And why not? When have they ever been interested in ‘the truth’?

GarandFan on April 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

It’s high time we realized that ALL Democrats are lying scum who will say and do anything to win, legal or not, truthful or not, these are niceties they don’t give a rat’s patootie about.

There is no sense talking to them either. Like zombies, you have to put a sharp object through the brain to stop them from eating the flesh of the living and productive.

Adjoran on April 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

How long before Reid chimes in with did Cotton pay his taxes. The left’s only fall back position is lying which is their first position, too.

Kissmygrits on April 4, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Thanks MKH. I have always told friends and others who ask for my opinion on some of the problems with government today, that I will never vote for a lawyer.

It’s simple, we are a country of the people, for the people and not all people are lawyers.

The function of government is to create or rescind laws that protect our way of life. Therefore, having lawyers crating laws that only they can unravel after out of office is nothing more than a “Conflict of Interest”.

MSGTAS on April 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

democrats cheer the murder of babies in the womb….they have no morality, forget integrity….

crosshugger on April 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Gonna be nasty because the desperate Democrat is backed into a losing corner. I can’t wait to vote for Cotton and kick Pryor to the curb.

Charlemagne on April 3, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I live in Kansas City. What time does your poles close?

BruceB on April 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Democrats lie, they lie all the time. Now Obama has made lying acceptable because….. he’s black. If you think lying is bad then you are a RACIST!!!111!!!elebinty.

jukin3 on April 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The problem is that these dots are as phony as a three-dollar bill.

Come to think of it, at this point shouldn’t the Democrats introduce a three-dollar bill?

PersonFromPorlock on April 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

It’s not a good ad. It’s too complicated for most voters and the rebuttal is silent with no voice over, which is rarely effective

It’s also not clear that the 4 pinnochios were for Pryor, not cotton

matthew8787 on April 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Good points.
I particularly dislike “pushback” ads where the only vocal parts are those that are supposedly being debunked, which means that inattentive listeners not watching the screen never discover that the original ad was wrong – the liars just get more free air-time.

Despite the pushback from fact-checkers, the Senate Majority PAC said it will continue to run the ad.

And why not? When have they ever been interested in ‘the truth’?

GarandFan on April 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Part of the “false” rating comes from the fact that the Pryor ad repeats claims that have been debunked numerous times prior to this ad.
The political operatives just don’t care, and the public doesn’t know, so why not play whatever you can get away with?

Final graf from Kessler’s Pinocchio-fest:

None of the allegations made about Cotton or his policies are factually correct. In straining to somehow tie Cotton to insurance companies, Senate Majority PAC has managed to turn a job that Democrats might celebrate (developing a better functioning government program!) into a negative. The Medicare claims are so stale—and so repeatedly discredited—we can assume that polling indicates that the language is effective in moving voters, despite its falsity.

PS I would object just as strongly to any Republican ad dealing in such blatant falsehoods.

AesopFan on April 4, 2014 at 10:49 PM