MSNBC’s Ed Schultz asks: ‘Should Americans For Prosperity be ashamed of their lies about Obamacare?’

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Democratic Senate candidates are gambling they can turn voters against two obscure billionaire brothers who are funding attacks on them and the president’s health care law. Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch two of world’s richest people. The pair’s political network is spending millions on TV ads hitting Democrats in North Carolina and several other states. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Kochs are paying huge sums to try to “buy” elections and advance a self-serving agenda of low taxes and less regulation. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch in August in in Orlando. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press)

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) would have a field day with the question that MSNBC host Ed Schultz poses on his MSNBC.com program page:

Should Americans For Prosperity be ashamed of their lies about Obamacare?

The “Ed Show” page calls the question, related to a now-famous ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a group supported by the Koch brothers that works for “limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels.” In the ad, Michigander Julie Boonstra, a leukemia patient, cites the cost of Obamacare as “unaffordable.”

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler cited significant factual problems with the advertisement. Wrote Kessler, “One cannot claim that a plan is ‘unaffordable’ when over the course of the year it will provide you with substantial savings.”

This “Ed Show” question pairs with a segment on Schultz’s program today in which he ripped a statement from Americans for Prosperity regarding the backlash over the Boonstra ad. Read the statement, in part: “Despite the claims of TV personalities or self-appointed fact checkers, Obamacare has made Julie Boonstra’s fight with leukemia harder, not easier. . . . Those who continue these attacks and pretend to know more about Julie’s life and circumstances than she does should be ashamed.” To which Schultz replied, “You bastards, don’t talk to me about cancer and women. Don’t do that. That’s not good. Our family, my wife, has walked the walk.”

He continues, “It seems to me that Americans for Prosperity has hoodwinked this cancer patient and put her in an ad that is an absolute lie.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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