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AP ‘Fact Checks’ The Republican Candidates In 1st Debate

What is this? Bias, from the Associated Press? Can it be?

From a laughable Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates veer from the truth in 1st debate

By JOSH LEDERMAN | August 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans seeking their party’s 2016 presidential nomination… had a vested interest in puffing up their own records as governors, senators and public figures. And some of them just got the facts wrong…

DONALD TRUMP: "If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration."
THE FACTS: Republicans have been talking about immigration for at least 30 years, including former President George W. Bush and the Republican field in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections…

Trump was talking about the criminal aspect of illegal immigration. As the AP well knows. Since they have hammered him on it enough.

JEB BUSH, on his goal of 4 percent economic growth: "We can do this."
THE FACTS: Most economists say the U.S. under any president is unlikely to grow consistently at even close to 4 percent, largely due to the difficulty of overcoming decades-long trends…

Didn’t Barack Obama and Joe Biden promise 5% growth when they were campaigning in 2008?

Besides, after the Carter recession ended, the Reagan administration averaged growth of 4.9%. (Sometimes reaching growth over 7%.) Coming out of such a deep and prolonged recession as we face now, the economy should skyrocket.

BUSH: "You get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that doesn’t suppress wages and kill jobs."
THE FACTS: According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in March 2010, when Obama signed the Affordable Care Act…

And never mind that the bulk of those jobs are either low wage and/or part time jobs, thanks to Obama-Care.

TRUMP: "We’re giving them (Iran) $150 billion plus" in sanctions relief under the nuclear deal.
THE FACTS: That might be an exaggeration…

And it might not be. Besides, his fundamental point is indisputable. Iran will reap untold billions from unfrozen assets. And it will reap further untold billions from being able to sell its gas and oil on the open market.

TRUMP: "I built a net worth of more than $10 billion."
THE FACTS: Trump’s precise net worth has long been a moving target. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission put Trump’s wealth at $8.7 billion. But the form requires disclosures of value ranges, not precise sums…

What a ‘fact check.’

BEN CARSON: "Our Navy is at its smallest size since 1970, our Air Force since 1940."
THE FACTS: Actually, the U.S. Air Force was created in 1947…

How pathetic can you get? The US Army Air Corp was created on 2 July 1926. Its name was change to the US Air Force on 9 March 1942.

Anyway, lest we forget, ‘fact checking’ really only came into vogue with the MSM at the start of the 2008 campaign. And it seemed to be the news media’s subtle way of protecting Obama and attacking and and all of his critics.

And, in fact, both the newly installed fact checker for the Washington Post and the fact check site run by the Annenberg Foundation closed down just as soon as Obama was safely elected. The Annenberg Foundation site even admitted that they had only been created for the campaign.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 7th, 2015. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP ‘Fact Checks’ The Republican Candidates In 1st Debate”

  1. captstubby says:

    the Democrat Blood Sport of Fact check.

    a picador enters the arena on horseback armed with a vara (lance).
    [ liberal socialist agenda web sites].

    To protect the horse from the bull’s horns, the animal wears a protective, padded covering called peto.
    [first amendment].

    At this point, the picador stabs just behind the morrillo, a mound of muscle on the fighting bull’s neck, weakening the neck muscles and leading to the animal’s first loss of blood.
    [the well established, everybody knows/agrees attack]

    The manner in which the bull charges the horse provides important clues to the matador about which side the bull favors.
    [personal,private, or religious matters].

    If the picador is successful, the bull will hold its head and horns slightly lower during the following stages of the fight.
    [white guilt].

    This ultimately enables the matador to perform the killing thrust later in the performance.
    [smear campaign ads].

    The encounter with the picador often fundamentally changes the behaviour of a bull;
    distracted and unengaging bulls will become more focused and stay on a single target instead of charging at everything that moves.
    [ candidate must always be in defense mode].

    Ernest Hemingway would be sicken by its cruelty.

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