What is it called when someone (example: a political figure) is mis-characterized constantly and untruthfully?
For example a campaign constantly hammers the message: "Senator X promotes high spending", because they voted for 1 expensive bill, but evaluating them across all votes might demonstrate that they are actually quite fiscally conservative.
There is a nice concise term for such mis-characterizations that's used commonly in the political landscape.
In this case we might say: "The opposing campaign has ____ this candidate", or something along those lines.
Addition: Perhaps the word I'm hoping to find is one that describes the wholesale act of this kind of mis-characterization across political discourse...