UPDATED 10:01 pm with a better screenshot of the Weber Facebook ad.
UPDATED 12:14 am Well, I have a statement from the Weber campaign, but it leaves me with more questions than answers. I’ve asked those questions, in fact delayed posting the statement for an hour hoping to get those answers. But I have an early morning. The Weber campaign’s statement is posted as an update at the end of the post. – Rosi
Linda Weber’s CD7 campaign is running a Sponsored Content Ad on Facebook mocked up and doctored using the name of the legit news source Insider NJ to trick the viewer into thinking Insider is calling her rival Tom Malinowski a “tax cheat.” In reality, Insider’s actual coverage of the latest Malinowski story did not call Malinowski a “tax cheat” (or suggest it in any way), was completely different in tone, and none of those words were in the headline. The real headline and Insider link are below. But first, here is Weber’s ad:
This is pretty propagandistic stuff Weber is peddling here. Here is how Insider NJ editor Max Pizarro actually wrote up the story. Real headline is below, and here is the link for you to read it.
I’ve reached out to Max, and also to Linda Weber. I understand Max is dealing with a snowed-in car right now, so he has my sympathy. UPDATE: I heard from Max, who had no comment.
UPDATE 12:14 am: Got a statement from the Weber campaign:
We did not alter the Insider NJ article; we simply linked to it from our ad because it provides documentation regarding Tom Malinowski’s tax issues. We stand by our ad particularly given that his own campaign manager is on the record admitting that he took an illegal tax break in Washington, DC. This is a legitimate issue for voters to be made aware of and a major liability in a general election.
Linda Weber for Congress
Note: A member of my household is running the Goutam Jois CD7 campaign.
Featured photo of Linda Weber: from campaign website. Updated (better) screenshot of the Weber Facebook ad is via Bruno Tedeschi, formerly of the Linda Mandelblatt CD7 campaign.