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Channel 4's Raj Chohan gives himself a "Reality Check"

Raj Chohan standing in front of an image of... Raj Chohan.

As noted in this September 26 More Messages blog, Channel 4 reporter Raj Chohan, whose "Reality Check" series calculates the truthiness in political ads, wound up being featured in the very sort of commercial he typically critiques -- a spot in which Fourth District political hopeful Betsy Markey, a Democrat, went after her Republican opponent, Marilyn Musgrave, for a previous attack. Yet this oddity didn't prevent him from putting the Markey salvo under the figurative microscope. In both a new Reality Check TV package (in which he mentions his cameo appearance) and a print version published in the Rocky Mountain News, Chohan goes through the commercial line by line. Unsurprisingly, and amusingly, he gives his own previous judgment about Musgrave's ad a thumbs-up. But he believes that the rest of the claims occupy the murky territory between spin and outright falsehood. He concludes that "both candidates in this race are stretching the truth beyond recognition. This ad is no exception" -- even though he's in it.

Look below to see the Musgrave and Markey ads. -- Michael Roberts

The commercial "authorized" by Marilyn Musgrave:

Betsy Markey's answer:

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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