Wilson also pointed to the ad’s “underlying assertion that Kaine shouldn’t have taken the job as DNC chair while serving as governor” and noted that

Kaine was not the only recent Virginia governor to head a national party organization. In 2000 President-elect George W. Bush asked Gov. Jim Gilmore to head the Republican National Committee.

Many media oulets at the time wrote piees showing that Rove himself [who helped found the group running the ad] was the driving force behind Gilmore’s appointment.

Some helpful context for readers in Hampton Roads.

Yes, the pressure is on in newsrooms here and around the country for reporters to do six different things simultaneously. But, readers need more from their coverage of This Week’s New Attack Ad than unexamined claims and counter-claims.

To end on a hopeful note, here is a list of some useful Virginia resources which reporters here might use (some reporters already do) to enhance and improve their coverage of campaign claims and the spending behind those claims (in addition to the resources CJR reviewed here):

PolitiFact Virginia, as many folks know, assesses the accuracy of campaign statements.

The Virginia Public Access Project helps track money in politics at all levels in Virginia.

Opensecrets.org tracks money spent in Virginia (presidential race, US House and Senate races).

Campaign finance filings, of course, can be found at the Virginia State Board of Elections website.

And, for the presidential race, The Washington Post has a great tool for tracking television ads and spending in each market across the nation.

Tharon Giddens logged more than two decades in newspapers in Georgia and South Carolina as a writer and editor. He is now living on an alpaca farm east of Richmond, Virginia.