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‘Factcheck’ Posts A Year-end Whopper

From the laughably self-styled “Factcheck.org,” via the former news magazine, Newsweek:

Year-end Whoppers

The bunk just keeps on coming.

By Brooks Jackson | factcheck.org

Dec 26, 2008


We’ve often said that the spin never stops in Washington. And the weeks since Nov. 4 offer further evidence of that.

Consider some of the bogus claims we’ve debunked just since Election Day:

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not demand a 757-size personal jet, a false claim resurrected when Democrats criticized Big Three executives for flying to D.C. on their own private jets to beg for aid.
  • It’s weirdly heartening to see Mr. Jackson (formerly of CNN) bring back the famously unbiased Factcheck.org from retirement to perpetuate more lies in guise of the presenting the truth.

    (Note however that all of the errors he corrects just happen to be errors that put Democrats in a bad light.)

    Indeed, Mr. Jackson’s presentation of the Pelosi plane flap is a mastery of spin. There may be no flat out lies, but the spirit of the thing is completely mendacious.

    For it is a fact that a “larger plane” was requested for Nancy Pelosi by the House’s “Sergeant At Arms,” once Pelosi assumed the speakership.

    (Needless to say, Mr. Livingood [sic] had to consider his position. And he never mentioned who first brought this issue up. He only claimed, once the heat was on, that he was the first to approach the Pentagon about this.)

    However, it is also a fact that Ms. Pelosi’s chief counsel, Bernard Raimo, negotiated with the Department Of Defense for a larger plane — and for who could be allowed passage on it.

    It was reported that Pelosi wanted room for her staff, plus family and friends. Mr. Hastert’s rare trips had included himself and two aides.

    According to the Washington Times, which was the first to report this story, there are only three planes available which could meet Ms. Pelosi’s lawyer’s demands:

    Currently, three planes assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base can make such nonstop flights year-round — the C-32, C-40B and C-37.

    The C-37 is the plane that Mr. Hastert had sometimes used, and which was deemed too small for Nancy Pelosi and her entourage:

    US Air Force C-37

    The C-37 is the military version of the Gulfstar V. It can carry up to 12 passengers.

    The remaining choices are indisputably much larger aircraft:

    US Air Force C-40B

    US Air Force C-37

    The C-40B is the military equivalent of the Boeing 737, which can seat 149 passengers. The C-32 is the military equivalent of a the Boeing 757, and it can carry 279 passengers.

    And, as the Washington Times notes, these planes are usually reserved for special VIP flights. They are staffed with stewards who serve meals and tend an open bar, and feature other deluxe accommodations.

    Indeed, as the Washington Times also reported, Ms. Pelosi had previously requested one of these special Air Force planes to make the harrowing trip from DC to Williamsburg, Virginia for a “retreat.” Alas, she was turned down on that occasion.

    Eventually, however, probably thanks to (then Pelosi-nominated Majority Whip) John Murtha’s threats and arm-twisting, the Pentagon decided it had better give Ms. Pelosi what her attorney and her Sergeant At Arms demanded.

    But of course Mrs. Pelosi had nothing to do with any of this.

    And no one has any right to point out the outrageous hypocrisy of Ms. Pelosi chiding the auto execs for using corporate jets, when she is flying a 737 or 757 every weekend to San Francisco.

    Right, Mr. Jackson?

    This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

    13 Responses to “‘Factcheck’ Posts A Year-end Whopper”

    1. Colonel1961 says:

      The Gulfstream V (aka G-V, C37) is a nice bird – but I can’t say I’d want to go coast-to-coast in one…

      And flying from DC to Williamsburg? Do you ever level off? Holy cow!

    2. cjokry says:

      Classic Pelosi. She must think she’s historical material, too.
      Too bad about factcheck.

    3. Helena says:

      How slimy can you get? To pretend that Pelosi had nothing to do with it because everything was done by her minions is the most childish kind of evasion. FactCheck should rename itself to something more accurate – like Equivocators-R-Us. This is “definition of IS” stuff.

    4. sheehanjihad says:

      Fat mouth Murtha’s (traitor PA) link from ABC in the link provided above under “threats” has suddenly evaporated from ABC’s archives…..nice job SG! They are reading here too!~

    5. DEZ says:

      The lower photo caption?

      • sheehanjihad says:

        Yeah DEZ …..ABC saw that they might have something in their archives that would make their masters unhappy when they read this thread, and POOF! It’s history. At least from here it is….

    6. Steve says:

      “Fat mouth Murtha’s (traitor PA) link from ABC in the link provided above under “threats” has suddenly evaporated from ABC’s archives…”

      They do seem to have moved the article for some reason.

      But the new link now works.

    7. Landshark says:

      If you can’t get there in a G-V, you don’t need to go.

    8. pinandpuller says:

      Why the hell are our tax dollars paying for an open bar for ANYONE in the government? Kitty Dukakis is spinning in Autozone right now for crying out loud.

    9. lstevetaylor says:

      Pelosi is a multi-millionair, user greedy person, who thinks she is a queen, but in reality is a queen, this is just another minor situation, that shows how our government rules over the American people, the people get what they vote for, and they voted for our wolf Pelosi in wolf’s clothing, in the (liberal) future we will all work ( slave) for the govs, I just hope they give us more beef instead of so much rice

    10. knobdy says:

      Perhaps SG should update the Snopes.com article on this:

      have to overcome that liberal slant they have there – and their white house reference…

    11. clifcrds says:

      It could all be about splitting hairs BUT there actually was a House Amendment by Rep Cantor of VA to the 2007 Advanced Fuels Infrastructure Research and Development Act (H.R. 547) by a vote of 385-23 to publicly rebuke House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s demand to have regular use of a luxurious C-32 for flights to her San Francisco home and other official trips.

      As originally reported in the New York Post, the aircraft has a game room, stateroom, showers, a communications center and seats 42 to 50 people and it costs taxpayers $22,000 an hour to operate, according to the Air Force.

      “The request by Speaker Pelosi to have a private jumbo-jet is an extravagance that taxpayers should not have to pay for,” said Cantor.


    12. 12 Gauge Rage says:

      Why not let them travel by ultra-lights? The combination glider/lawnmower engine aircraft is more green friendly anyway. That should please their tree hugging extremist associates.

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