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  • No Worries For O: The tragedy of liberal tranquility

    08/17/2014 12:07:19 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 4 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | August 17, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    No Worries For O: The tragedy of liberal tranquility by Daniel Clark White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has been ridiculed for saying the Obama administration has “substantially improved … the tranquility of the global community.” Then again, why shouldn’t he think so, since the president has repeatedly declared threats to the United States to be nonexistent? This January, President Obama dismissed the ISIS terror group by telling the New Yorker, “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” Notice that...
  • Cuomo says 'we don't get tornadoes' in NY, but we've had at least 417

    07/15/2014 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
    The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY ^ | 07/15/14 | By Glenn Coin
    Syracuse, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters last week that the rare deadly tornado that struck Madison County on July 8 was part of a "new normal" of extreme weather. "We don't get tornadoes in New York, right? Anyone will tell you that," Cuomo said at a news conference July 8 in Smithfield, where the tornado struck. "Well, we do now." In fact, we always have. Since the federal government started keeping a tally in 1950, New York has had at least 417 tornadoes. That's an average of seven per year. "For him to say we don't get tornadoes...
  • Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear

    03/31/2014 5:31:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s difficult to understand liberals when you don’t live in their sheltered cocoon of participation trophies, faux caring and feel-good lies. Those of us who labor in the real world – who built this country, who make it work and who defend it – deal with reality. Most liberals don’t. And that can be baffling, because when they speak they sound like visitors from the planet Nimrod. Now, some liberals do understand the real world. They are the cynical liberal icons, the ones who know their entire ideology is a scam designed to wring power and wealth from the gullible....
  • WashPo Embarrasses Itself (#1 Lesson in Reporting: Check your Sources!)

    03/21/2014 4:47:31 PM PDT · by absentee · 7 replies
    Politichicks ^ | 03/21/14 | Anita Gunn
    The Left’s obsession with the Koch Brothers is so out of control that the Washington Post, once a respected newspaper, now nothing but a shill for left wing causes, has made itself a laughing stock with its latest article entitled, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” [snip] The main point of the Post story, which relied uncritically on a two-page report by the far-left International Forum on Globalization (“IFG”), is dead wrong. The Post story itself acknowledges that the tar sands encompass 35 million acres, so Koch’s 1.1 million...
  • Obamacare: If You Like Your Facts ... You can Keep Them

    12/05/2013 11:34:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    President Barack Obama recently asserted, "Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obamacare,' the cost of health care is now growing at the slowest rate in 50 years." So, you may be losing your health care coverage, and you may end up paying more -- but, hey, rising costs are slowing overall "in part" because of Obamacare. True, as Obama says, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- the agency that administers Medicaid and Medicare -- "estimated that ... (in) the three years since Obamacare passed, we've seen the slowest growth in health care costs...
  • PunditFact/PolitiFact: Media Bias Strikes Again -- At Me

    11/14/2013 4:22:07 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Larry Elder
    When PunditFact -- the new offspring from the folks at PolitiFact -- contacted me, they wanted sources for "all of the claims" in the following statement I made Nov. 4 on CNN's "Crossfire": "In 1900, at all three levels of government -- federal, state and local -- government took less than 10 percent of the American people's money. Now, we're talking about 35 percent, and when you add a dollar value to mandates, we're talking almost 50 percent." What's the problem? PunditFact rated the statement as "mostly false." For added measure, PunditFact called the assertions "eye-popping." No, I was not...
  • Fact Checking Media Matters on Obamacare

    11/09/2013 2:14:26 PM PST · by rkoliver · 5 replies
    They said: Rep. Cantor Falsely Implies Democratic Plan Doesn't Allow Americans To "Keep What They've Got If They Like It" Rep. Cantor: "I think next what you will see in our plan is we really will provide a way for people to keep what they've got if they like it. And that means we've got to provide the flexibility for employer-based plans to stay in the game, so that we can have the innovation that has proven to bring down costs." [Cantor Appearance on CNBC, 6/17/09] They also said: President Obama Has Repeatedly Said That People Who Like Their Insurance...
  • POLITICO: Fact-checking Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response (Let's fact-check them back)

    02/13/2013 8:19:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/13/2013 | By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and JOANNE KENEN
    Sen. Marco Rubio got a turn on the national stage opposite President Barack Obama Tuesday night, but some of the facts the likely 2016 presidential contender marshaled to make his case played loose with the truth. Here’s POLITICO’s look at some of the Florida senator’s questionable claims during his prime-time debut. * Sequester blame game Rubio: “And tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts — cuts that were his idea in the first place.” Actually, Obama didn’t directly criticize Republicans for not agreeing to raise taxes to offset the across-the-board spending cuts. He...
  • Rep. Barney Frank’s claim about a should-be Democratic House majority

    11/14/2012 8:09:27 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2012 | Josh Hicks
    The 2012 election certainly didn’t end as planned for the GOP, which failed to win the presidency and lost seats in both chambers of Congress. Nonetheless, Republicans found a silver lining in the fact that they maintained control of the House, having won at least 233 seats as of Tuesday — 218 are needed for a majority. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) argued on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” that the election was a clean sweep for Democrats. He said the GOP wouldn’t have retained control of the House if it wasn’t for questionable redistricting by Republicans. The Brennan Center for Justice...
  • Romney’s Mormon beliefs featured in pro-Obama ‘voter education’ brochure [Good News in VA]

    11/05/2012 4:50:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/5/12 | Peter Wallsten
    Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs are featured prominently in a pro-Obama voter guide being circulated to African-American churchgoers in the all-important Hampton Roads area of battleground Virginia, the latest reminder that the Republican presidential nominee’s faith could be an under-the-radar issue for some voters. Romney would be the country’s first Mormon president, and although America’s most prominent evangelical leaders have overcome their theological concerns to enthusiastically back Romney’s candidacy, some on the left continue to see his Mormon beliefs as a possible wedge issue. The new brochure, produced by a coalition of black pastors in the Norfolk area, includes a side-by-side...
  • Fact Check: Top Ten Worst Lies by Joe Biden in VP Debate

    10/12/2012 5:21:51 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 14 replies
    Briebart.com ^ | 10-12-12 | by Joel B. Pollak
    Once again, Joe Biden lied his way through a Vice Presidential debate--just as he did in his contest with Sarah Palin in 2008. This time, the media caught a few of Biden's worst "malarkey" moments--as did his opponent, Paul Ryan, when he could get a word in edgewise. Here are the top ten worst lies told by Biden during the debate: Update - Honorable Mention: "There's not one Democrat who endorsed his...plan." Biden lied--as Ryan pointed out, amidst the Vice President's interruptions--about the fact that Ryan had worked with both Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and former Clinton budget...
  • GRAPHIC! Obama's Re-Election Case Rests On 5 Phony Claims

    10/08/2012 2:01:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2012 | JOHN MERLINE
    In making his case for re-election in the face of historically high unemployment and sluggish growth, President Obama has a simple and straightforward argument. Things were terrible when I arrived, he says, thanks to Bush-era policies of tax cuts and deregulation. We stopped the decline, but the ditch was so deep that it will take time to get out. Still, we are making progress, even if it isn't as fast as everyone would like. So the last thing we want to do is return to the failed Bush policies that, he says, drove us into the ditch. That argument appears...
  • Cutter: Okay Fine, We've Been Lying About Romney's Tax Plan

    10/06/2012 4:36:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2012 | Guy Benson
    One of the strongest elements of Mitt Romney's spectacular debate performance was his decisive rejoinder to the president's oft-repeated allegation that the Republican plans to raise taxes on middle class families.  Obama said Romney has designs on an unpaid-for $5 trillion tax cut that would eventually necessitate higher tax bills for average Americans.  Romney flatly rejected the claim by calling it false, then explained what he actually has in mind.  But the president returned to the "$5 trillion" well on several subsequent occasions, prompting more rebuttals from his challenger.  FactCheck.org and CNN reviewed Obama's accusation, and found it wanting.  "Not...
  • Fact checking the fact checkers.

    10/06/2012 2:11:02 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 9 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/6/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Fact-checking is evolving from a newspaper dominated activity to a favorite sport on the Internet. After all, all it takes is a computer and a search engine. One of the most popular activities is fact-checking the fact-checkers in the media. I thought I would give it a go after reading the fact-checkers at FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, a blatantly Liberal organization. This should not surprise anyone since higher ed lists so far Left that Columbia Professor Nicholas De Genova only made news on the Right when he proclaimed "The only...
  • President Obama’s $5 Trillion Falsehood - Mitt Romney Press Release

    10/05/2012 8:34:44 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 18 replies
    Mitt Romney ^ | 5 October, 2012 - 10:23 | Mitt Romney Press
    President Obama Has Repeatedly Made The False Claim That Mitt Romney Is Proposing A $5 Trillion Tax Cut: President Obama: “Governor Romney's Central Economic Plan Calls For A $5 Trillion Tax Cut…” OBAMA: “And this is where there's a difference because Governor Romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut, on top of the extension of the Bush tax cuts, so that's another $2 trillion, and $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn't asked for. That's $8 trillion.” (President Barack Obama, First Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12) But Independent Fact Checkers – And Even...
  • 12 Obama Debate Lies And Counting…

    10/04/2012 7:02:25 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 13 replies
    GOP ^ | October 4, 2012
    At Last Night’s Debate, Obama Had Trouble With The Facts LIE #1: OBAMA SAYS HIS PLAN REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION THE CLAIM: Obama: “I’ve Proposed A Specific $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan.” OBAMA: “I’ve proposed a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. … The way we do it is $2.50 for every cut, we ask for $1 in additional revenue.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12) THE FACTS: “Virtually No Serious Budget Analyst Agreed With This Accounting.” “But virtually no serious budget analyst agreed with this accounting. Obama’s $4 trillion figure, for instance, includes counting some...
  • Fact Check: Is Romney's tax rate really lower than yours?

    09/26/2012 8:10:50 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Judson Berger
    President Obama's campaign, with a good dose of help from the media, is pushing a claim that millionaire Mitt Romney is taxed at a "lower rate" than someone making $50,000 a year. IRS data, though, shows that Romney's effective income tax rate -- that's what he pays as a percentage of his income once deductions and other benefits are factored in -- is actually far higher than what most Americans pay. Romney's rate in 2010 -- which was also about 14 percent -- was higher than what 97 percent of Americans pay.
  • Debates and Fact Checking

    09/26/2012 3:20:02 PM PDT · by Thom Pain · 3 replies
    9/26/12 | self
    Question: Why doesn't FoxNews use one or more of it's cc streams during the debates to run a fact-check on what the pResident and Mitt say? I'd bet that with current technology they could provide the facts and ensure the truth doesn't just get swept aside. Think what a shot across the bow it would be for all subsequent debates (and "State of the Union" speeches, etc).
  • Michelle Obama: ‘Instead of Pointing Fingers and Placing Blame, Barack Got to Work’

    09/17/2012 4:24:06 PM PDT · by Justaham · 105 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/17/12 | Melanie Hunter
    First lady Michelle Obama, speaking in Gainesville, Fla., on Monday, said that while the nation was on the verge of another Great Depression, President Barack Obama did not assign blame – instead “he got to work.” “The economy was losing 800,000 jobs every month, and a lot folks wondered whether we were headed for another great depression. Now this is what Barack faced on day one as president. That’s what awaited him, but instead of pointing fingers and placing blame, Barack got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad, like his grandmother,” the first lady said....
  • President Obama's Campaign Trashes '2016: Obama's America'

    09/11/2012 2:02:07 PM PDT · by GVnana · 42 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/11/2012 | Paul Bond
    Filmmakers call it "the movie the White House doesn't want you to see." Apparently, they're right. Perhaps the president was hoping 2016: Obama’s America would come and go unnoticed like so many other political documentaries. But seven weeks after its opening, the film is still going strong, prompting Barack Obama to finally respond, which he has done through a lengthy entry at his campaign’s website that calls the movie “a deliberate distortion” of his “record and world view.”
  • Fact Check: First Lady's False Fairy Tale of Struggle

    09/10/2012 8:40:43 AM PDT · by bigbob · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 9-5012 | Joel B Pollack
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years--about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out" and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale--however well-delivered--was one great, big, colorful lie.
  • PIPES: Obama: ‘I have never been a Muslim’

    09/07/2012 6:06:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 85 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/7/12 | Daniel Pipes
    President Obama has come out swinging against his Republican rival, sponsoring television advertisements that ask, “What is Mitt Romney hiding?” The allusion is to such relatively minor matters as Mr. Romney’s prior tax returns, the date he stopped working for Bain Capital and the nonpublic records from his service heading the Salt Lake City Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts. Mr. Obama has defended his demands that Mr. Romney release more information about himself, declaring in August that “the American people have assumed that if you want to be president of the United
  • FACT CHECK: Obama and the phantom peace dividend

    09/07/2012 9:59:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    AP via Seattle Times ^ | 9/7/12 | TOM RAUM and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press
    President Barack Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn't exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges. The wars were largely financed by borrowing, so there is no ready pile of cash to be diverted to anything else. The claim was one of several by Obama in his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and by Vice President Joe Biden in earlier remarks that did not match the facts. A look at some of their assertions: OBAMA: "I'll use the...
  • Fact-checking Obama: Math required

    09/07/2012 12:27:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/07/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    During Barack Obama's speech last night, my good friend Kevin McCullough made this observation on Twitter: Factcheckers are gonna have a field day with this speech… #fb— Baldwin/McCullough (@BMXRadio) September 7, 2012 I responded: Aren’t you the optimist! RT @bmxradio: Factcheckers are gonna have a field day with this speech… #fb— EdMorrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 7, 2012 So far, the fact checkers don't seem to have had a field day, but they did show up --- and a few even brought their calculators. National Journal and ABC News both offered nearly-immediate fact checks in the wake of the speech, and all...
  • Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn’t Work for Bain

    09/06/2012 10:55:54 AM PDT · by Wyatt's Torch · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/06/2012 | Jonathan Karl
    The Democratic National Convention on Wednesday featured three speakers billed as “former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital.” They each told compelling stories about jobs lost, allegedly because of the actions of Bain under Romney’s leadership. But it turns out one of those employees never actually worked for a company controlled by Bain Capital. David Foster was supposedly one of those former employees on the convention schedule. He told the story about 750 steelworkers who lost their jobs when the Bain-controlled company GST steel filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s.
  • FACT CHECK: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch

    09/06/2012 12:03:39 PM PDT · by isthisnickcool · 7 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 09/06/2012 | MATT APUZZO and TOM RAUM | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That's the other guy's problem......
  • Democrats’ “Night of a 1000 Liars”

    09/06/2012 8:17:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 6, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Two months ago Obama made a bet with the devil. “I bet that I can make a convention night where all the high profile speakers, including the chair of my own party, are absolutely shameless liars.” Bad news. The devil lost the bet. The keynote speaker was Bill Clinton, who is known for two things. One of them is becoming the first president to be impeached in the court of public opinion after blatantly lying to the public on camera. Before him there was Elizabeth Warren, known for two things, “You didn’t build that” and lying about being a Cherokee....
  • Media Fail to Fact-Check Michelle's Speech

    09/05/2012 2:18:20 PM PDT · by bronxville · 17 replies
    breitbart ^ | 09-05-2012 | Joel Pollak
    "National Public Radio, among other mainstream media outlets, whitewashed First Lady Michelle Obama's fib-filled speech to the Democratic National Convention last night. At the end of a roundup of perfunctory attempts to fact-check some of the Democrats' speeches, NPR gave Mrs. Obama a clean bill of health: "As for first lady Michelle Obama's address to the convention, the fact checkers don't seem to have any faults to find."" http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism
  • Some Obama programs embellished by Democrats

    09/05/2012 11:39:50 AM PDT · by rocksandbroncs · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 8:49 AM EDT | TOM RAUM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speakers at the Democratic National Convention portrayed President Barack Obama's presidency in glowing terms Tuesday evening, but sometimes left out important details or embellished his record. Others mischaracterized programs backed by Republican challenger Mitt Romney and GOP running mate Paul Ryan. Obama's landmark health care overhaul, which Republicans lacerated at their convention last week, and his job-creation performance were among the initiatives burnished the most.
  • CNN Fact Check: About those 4.5 million jobs ...

    09/05/2012 8:00:49 AM PDT · by bigbob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-5-12 | CNN Wire Staff
    <p>Anyone watching the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night heard the number 4.5 million several times.</p> <p>"Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action, and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs," San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the party's keynote speaker, said.</p>
  • WHEN NOT OUTRIGHT LYING, FACT-CHECKERS MAKE FOOLS OF THEMSELVES

    09/04/2012 10:18:12 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/4/2012 | John Nolte
    The era of fact-checkers being trusted as honest brokers might be over, but that doesn't mean they won't do what the equally irrelevant mainstream media does: double down in their spewing of narrative-lies and propaganda to aid and abet the left. Case in point, Politifact. Politiact is the worst of the mainstream media's dishonest fact-checkers (no small feat). They're the ones who ruled as true the absolute lie that Obama increased federal spending at a lower rate than any other modern president. Because there is no bottom to how low Politifact will go, Politifact is now brazenly lying by awarding a...
  • Obama campaign: We care about facts, fact checkers

    09/04/2012 8:54:27 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    politico44 ^ | 9/4/12 | BYRON TAU
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Obama campaign said Tuesday that they care about the truth of their attacks. "We work very hard to get it right. We look at the facts. We vet what we say," Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an ABC/Yahoo News panel.
  • Ten of Barack Obama’s worst lies

    09/04/2012 7:58:15 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 11 replies
    http://www.coachisright.com/ten-of-barack-obamas-worst-lies/ ^ | Sept. 4, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Attempting to select THE ten worst lies told by a pathological liar like Barack Obama is a difficult task. There are so many lies that it is hard to know where to start – a good case can be made for so many of his lies as top ten material. For this reason there is no claim here to a TOP ten of his lies, ten of his most egregious ones. During his last State of the Union speech Barack Obama claimed “American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years.” In fact the Congressional Research Service...
  • The DNC's Bold Lies: website caught lying about party's civil rights record

    09/04/2012 4:54:40 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 09/04/12 | Jeffrey Lord
    The lies are big, bold and prominent. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been caught. And the website scandal may also impact the Virginia U.S. Senate race that has former Governor Tim Kaine as the Democrats' nominee against ex-Senator and Governor George Allen...it was then-DNC Chairman Kaine on whose watch the new DNC website was launched. the fibs are the centerpiece of the Democratic National Committee's revamped Obama-saluting website as the Democrats gather for their Charlotte convention. And Wasserman Schultz, of course, is the DNC chair -- succeeding Kaine --by the grace of the Obama White House. Which...
  • Why the Fact-Checkosphere is failing

    09/03/2012 10:45:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/03/2012 | Mickey Kauss
    So, as I understand it, this year the MSM will righteously strike back against “Post-Truth Politics” through rigorous fact-checking, followed by a manly, non-balanced, yet authoritative calling out of transgressors for the liars that they are. James Fallows and Jay Rosen, among others, have heralded this great new day. One problem, of course, is the ease–rather, the constant temptation–of presenting debatable policy issues as right/wrong fact issues, a problem emphasized by dissenter Ben Smith yesterday. Another is the way what Smith calls “the new pseudo science of fact-checks” opens up a giant sluice for the introduction of concealed bias, especially...
  • Liberal Media Brings Out the Hockey Pucks

    08/31/2012 4:39:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    In 2004, Arnold Schwarzenegger, then a popular figure in the Republican Party, gave an exciting, upbeat and surprisingly funny speech at the GOP convention. He covered a lot of territory: the story of how he came to America, how he became a Republican after listening to Richard Nixon, and other highlights of his life story. Afterwards, then-CBS News anchor Dan Rather reported that Schwarzenegger "slapped John Kerry around like a hockey puck." The only problem: Schwarzenegger never mentioned John Kerry, not even once. I bring it up because it's hardly news that much of the press likes to report the...
  • The Media's 'Fact Check' Smokescreen

    08/31/2012 3:56:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/30/2012 | IBD Staff
    Journalism: If media "fact checkers" are just impartial guardians of the truth, how come they got their own facts wrong about Paul Ryan's speech, and did so in a way that helped President Obama's re-election effort? Case in point was the rush of "fact check" stories claiming Ryan misled when he talked about a shuttered auto plant in his home state. Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler posted a piece — "Ryan misleads on GM plant closing in hometown" — saying Ryan "appeared to suggest" that Obama was responsible for the closure of a GM plant in Janesville, Wis. "That's not...
  • WAPO'S GLENN KESSLER HAS FACT-CHECKING TANTRUM OVER 'YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT'

    08/29/2012 11:40:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/29/2012 | John Nolte
    Glenn Kessler is The Washington Post's laughably biased fact checker, and when you think of Kessler, remember this -- remember the "fact" checker who called Romney a liar for saying a president who didn’t go to Israel didn't go to Israel. This guy is utterly shameless, and this morning he's having a full-blown tantrum. Back in July, Kessler did everything in his power to protect Obama from his unbelievably revealing "you didn't build that" moment. At the time, Kessler awarded Romney three of his childish Pinocchios for the unpardonable sin of, you know, holding the president accountable for his words....
  • Factcheck.org -- A Fraudulent "Fact Check" Site Funded By Biased Political Group

    08/28/2012 10:47:46 AM PDT · by bronxville · 11 replies
    theswash.com ^ | 8/27/2012 11 | matchdoctor
    Factcheck.org -- A Fraudulent "Fact Check" Site Funded By Biased Political Group If you wanted to use a devious method to deceive people who are trying to differentiate between truth and lies on the Internet how would you do it? If you were extremely devious and had no conscience, you might set up a Web site with some official and unbiased sounding name that claims to be the encyclopedia of truth to be used as a tool for anyone who has the same biased view and wants to make believe to "back it up" with what they would like you...
  • FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts

    08/28/2012 9:04:54 AM PDT · by Buck-I-Guy · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 8-28-12 | By BETH FOUHY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — ‘‘2016: Obama’s America,’’ a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama’s political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what D'Souza calls the ‘‘anti-colonial’’ beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president’s life.
  • FACT CHECK: Questionable claims in veep debut (AP at it already)

    08/11/2012 12:58:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    AP/pioneer press ^ | 8-11-12 | CALVIN WOODWARD and HENRY C. JACKSON
    WASHINGTON—In his debut as Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan promised "America's comeback team" won't duck tough budget issues, although the man standing next to him has kept his head low so far. Romney vowed the duo would "preserve" Medicare, an eye-popping claim considering Ryan wants to transform the program from the ground up. Not all the rhetoric fit neatly with reality or with the record when Romney introduced his Republican vice presidential choice to the nation Saturday. A look at some of the claims by the Wisconsin congressman and Romney, and how they compare with the facts. ROMNEY: "Unlike...
  • Bill Burton: We Completely Stand By Our Romney 'Cancer' Ad

    08/09/2012 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Greg pulled the clip last night and Allahpundit wrote it up, but it's worth revisiting for a few reasons.  I'll let AP set the stage:   The first 3:45 is just background stuff, so feel free to skip it, and (b) the rest of it represents quite possibly the most sustained bout of skepticism on cable TV towards an Obama mouthpiece that Team Hopenchange has had to endure in four years. If you can’t watch it all, just watch Burton for two or three minutes starting at 4:15. The Obama campaign has been shamelessly lying its collective ass off about...
  • White House Busted!!

    07/28/2012 1:51:01 PM PDT · by yoe · 46 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | July 28, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    The White House incorrectly claimed that a bust of Winston Churchill was not removed from the White House when President Obama moved in, insisting with emphatic certainty that it had simply been moved to the residence but then retracting the assertion. In a “Fact Check” post added to the White House website Friday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer scornfully dismissed as “100% false” the “rumor” that Obama had removed the Churchill bust that had presided over the George W. Bush Oval Office and shipped it back to the British. Turns out Pfeiffer’s was the false statement. Picture [snip] Pfeiffer...
  • The Boston Globe Gets its ‘Romney Stayed At Bain’ Story Wrong (FactCheck: Obama's claims "all wet")

    07/12/2012 11:45:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    PJM ^ | 7/12/2012 | Bryan Preston
    Today the Boston Globe reports that it has discovered that Mitt Romney stayed at Bain Capital three years longer than he has stated. The Globe bases its report on government documents that bear Romney’s name, but the Globe is apparently confused about what the documents mean. It’s common knowledge that Mitt Romney joined the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee in 1999. The story of Romney’s ultimately successful efforts to turn that Olympics around, avoiding disaster and finishing strong with a gangbusters winter games in 2000, forms the backbone of Romney’s fix-it man resume. Very few could have stepped in as...
  • Federal Taxes lowest in last 30 years (Factcheck.org

    07/12/2012 9:15:26 AM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 36 replies
    Factcheck.org ^ | 7-12-12 | Brooks Jackson
    Politicians talk about the burden of taxes incessantly. Now comes a rare chance to check the facts. And the fact is that federal tax rates had fallen to the lowest in 30 years when President Barack Obama took office — and fell again in his first year in office. This news comes from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which just issued the latest update of its invaluable series on “Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes,” this time covering 2008 and 2009. The CBO’s statistical series now covers the 30 years since 1979. The average rate paid by all households...
  • Obama's Stump Speech Myths

    07/11/2012 5:11:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Barack Obama has trouble telling the truth. This is the man who admitted his memoir "Dreams from My Father" was semifictional. "For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I've known, and some events appear out of precise chronology." Translation: On some pages, I'm taking poetic license with the facts to burnish my image. The problem is, Obama's still using poetic license. So where are the reporters to point out when he doesn't tell the truth? Let's take just one typical Obama stump speech, on July 5 in Sandusky, Ohio, and look for...
  • Romney Camp: Let's Face It, Obama's a Shameless Liar

    07/10/2012 10:15:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Guy Benson
    The Obama campaign's dishonest attack ads portraying Mitt Romney as a "corporate raider" and a "pioneer" of shipping American jobs overseas have been debunked by multiple independent fact checkers.  WaPo called the first such spot "misleading, unfair and untrue," and FactCheck.org found "no evidence" to support Obama's allegations.  Undeterred by facts and unconstrained by truth, Chicago has produced a second ad on the very same subject, repeating the very same discredited claims.  An NBC News affiliate in Florida examined the new spot and reached the same conclusion as the other truth-seeking entities: The ad is false Truth-Test: Obama's Bain Attacks...
  • Herman Cain's Rewriting Of Birth-Control History [mods rewrite troll's posting status]

    11/01/2011 6:31:46 AM PDT · by trollop · 123 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2011 | Glenn Kessler
    <p>But we are interested in historical accuracy, and Cain urged people to "go back and look at the history and look at Margaret Sanger's own words" to find the evidence that she wanted to "kill black babies."</p> <p>So let's examine what the founder of Planned Parenthood actually said and also whether 75 percent of Planned Parenthood's facilities were built in African-American communities....</p>
  • AP fact check: Secretaries don’t pay more taxes than their bosses (Paging Warren Buffet)

    09/20/2011 9:37:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/19/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    Let's hope that Warren Buffet is better at managing funds than he is at tax policy. After Buffett complained that his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does, Barack Obama decided to call his new class-warfare taxes “the Buffett Rule” and emphasize that he wants to make taxes more “fair.” But was Buffett right? According to an AP fact check — and just about every ounce of common sense that exists outside of the class-warfare fever swamps of the White House these days — not at all: “Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires,” Obama...
  • FACT CHECK: Are federal workers overpaid? [retread zot]

    04/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Got Long Form? · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/7/11 | Sam Hananel
    Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows that both sides have a point but that supporters of federal workers are a bit closer to reality.... That argument is backed up by a 2002 study of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It found that federal salaries for most professional and administrative jobs lagged well behind compensation offered...