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FactCheck/Sweet Get Obama Lie Wrong

From the laughably ill-named FactCheck.org:

Sweet: Another Stretch by Obama

September 13, 2009

The Chicago Sun Times’ columnist and Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet reports on an Obama exaggeration that we missed.

Sweet said Obama "went too far" when he said, in his health care speech to Congress and the nation Sept. 9:

Obama, Sept. 9: One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn’t reported gallstones that he didn’t even know about. They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.

Obama was referring to the widely reported case of a Otto Raddatz of Downers Grove, Illinois, who died in January.

Sweet agrees that "Raddatz suffered horrific treatment from his insurance company," Fortis Insurance Co., which she said "deserves all the scorn Obama sent its way." Fortis canceled his coverage while he was in chemotherapy for stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. That did delay his treatment.

But coverage was reinstated  in April 2005, Sweet reports, and treatment resumed. "Raddatz did not, as Obama said, die because of delayed treatment in 2005." He died this year, nearly four years later. "The last sentence of Obama’s can’t be supported," she said, since there’s "no proof" that Raddatz would have survived his cancer had his insurance coverage not been interrupted.

Sweet says she was told White House speechwriters got their information from an article in Slate magazine which reported the affair "incorrectly."

Note that FactCheck and Ms. Sweet still repeat the disinformation that Mr. Raddatz’s treatment was delayed. It was not delayed at all, according to Mr. Raddatz’s sister.

Thanks to her efforts, he was reinstated in time to get his stem cell transplant within the two week window, just as was originally scheduled.

Moreover, this was not a “stretch, not an “exaggeration.” It was a deliberate flat-out lie.

And, worse yet, it was a lie solely told for political advantage – as Mr. Obama is wont to do. (Not that you would ever know that from FactCheck, which regularly praises Mr. Obama’s honesty.)

We also have to note that, despite FactCheck’s claims, it was Sweetness & Light who first uncovered Mr. Obama’s misrepresentation of Mr. Raddatz’s case.

Of course we can’t expect FactCheck to get either of these minor details correct.

After all, Mr. Obama said Raddatz’s treatment was delayed, so it must be true. And, worse yet, S&L is just one of those ‘sewers of the internet.’

It’s not a highly respected news outlet, like all those who repeatedly reported Mr. Obama’s claim as if it were gospel. Nor are we respected reporters, like Ms. Sweet, who doesn’t even credit our widely broadcast discovery.

Heck, we’re not even considered a fact checking organization like Mr. Jackson’s (formerly of CNN) sterling operation.

Even though we check more facts in a week than FactCheck.org has in its entire history.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “FactCheck/Sweet Get Obama Lie Wrong”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    Wow…so the White House depends on Slate magazine to make speeches and policy? Very impressive, Barry. Maybe when you’re through sifting through the open sewers of the internet you can get back to scolding town hall protesters as “astroturf”.

    I see a patern developing, here: do as I say, not as I do, and deny the obvious until the end. The ultimate in bunker mentalities.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Summing up … there’s no one you can trust but God. To that end my family opted out a long time ago and learned to take care of ourselves. To date we’ve been fortunate as much as we’ve been diligent. God Willing we’ll continue to be able to care for ourselves because it will be a cld day in Hell before we participate in either “insurance” or the “modern medical” mayhem. A pox on both houses. And as to media-malfeasance and politics in general? Decorum prevents my truthful response.

  3. Not surprised..

    What is really bad is when you find something like I DID and it gets glazed over.. Like the obvious use of the drilling limitations to fatten Speaker Pelosi’s bank account.
    no love.. none at all..

    Brokaw actually “challenged her” on this, then backed down.
    Wuss media anymore.

  4. proreason says:

    Calling themselves “FactCheck” is equivalent to the press declaring Obamy represents “middle America”.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      .. or the famed “Earned Income Credit” (which is no more than a very covert way to shovel significant amounts of tax dollars to people who have little, to NO, income and who pay NO taxes.

      “Earned Income Credit” my freezin’ cold Minnesota butt!

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Well wait a minute .. I thought it was “Bush” lied, people died.

    Seems like it’s morphing to “o-blah-blah lied, and people will die!!!”

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    “Truth?! What Is Truth?” – Pontius Pilate before turning Jesus of Nazareth over to the Jews – SORRY – NeoCons.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    Speaking of “Facts”. I did some math today. Listen to This!

    Re: The WSJ from 09/07/09 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203585004574393110640864526.html

    Not counting the interest owed, Obamacare will tally at the very least ONE TRILLION DOLLARS!!!

    Even CBS has given up on the claim of 45,000,000. Even Obama admitted to 30,000,000. The real number when you deduct another 10 million for those who have healthcare through their spouse or other family member plus another 5-10 million of those who can afford it but rather do something else with their money. So we’re talking about 10-20 million people who don’t have health care because they are destitute or for another reason.

    So, let’s see, 15 million people who want insurance but can’t do for themselves – OK no problem! Obama’s plan is to spend 1 TRILLION CLAMS – PROBLEM SOLVED.


    HELLOOOOO!!! Anybody Home?

    • proreason says:

      The only problem with you math RB is that it is dead certain the 1 Trillion estimate is low by at least a factor of 10.

      Just like every other gubamint program we have ever had in this country.

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    Imagine Pro – $66,000 & counting PER PERSON. Gubment Works Indeed. We went to war with Britain for much less.

    • proreason says:

      My view is that the expense (and I think $66,000 is much much much lower than it will really costs) pales in comparison to the certain loss of life that will inevitably result.

      I suspect people think it’s a wild exageration for me to say that millions of lives will be cut short.

      I think it’s a near certainty.

      And millions more will suffer unnecessarilly whether their lives are cut short or not.

      I understand what’s in it for the beaming commissars. But I have a really hard time understanding how any average person in this country can possibly think they will be better off in the face of overwhelming evidence, and pure common sense, that says it will be the worst disaster to ever befall the country.

  9. canary says:

    I’ve heard some real idiots say that because of a former injury or illness, totally healed from, such as when I was a child I broke a toe, and no health insurance is going to want to take me.

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    U know Pro what frosted me? When Oblamanot said, “Hey, uhh, no one’s gonna kill your grandma. But, you know, I think we can make some SMART DECISIONS about Grandma. You know, if the pill is gonna cost a lot o’ money & it’s not gonna do whole lot, then I think some of Those Smart Decisions Are Gonna Have to Be Made.” (paraphrasing).

    Know what Pro? Last year when it came time for my Dad, we didn’t need Oblama or anyone else make that decision. it was between Dad, Me & God.

    PS; – The doctor, probably so jaded by the system, when I told him it was time said AND I DO QUOTE. “OK Good! So we decided NOT TO BEAT A DEAD HORSE.” Unquote.

    I very calmly explained to him that while I was crossing Park @ 58th during rush hour, that he will probably be gone by the time I got to his office to KICK HIS ASS!

    • proreason says:

      Sorry for your loss RB. Ms Reason and I have both been there. It’s not easy.

      I really believe some of the push for Government control is that some people want to abdicate the responsibility.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Actually, Pro, for me, My Dad’s Life Was a Net Gain. Big Time! But Thanks

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