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LA Times Parrots Disproved Palin Myths

From the shameless propagandists at the Los Angeles Times:

Shading — or ignoring — truth on the campaign trail

By Cathleen Decker
cathleen.decker@latimes.com

September 14, 2008

For weeks, John McCain and his campaign have made claims contradicted by reality: Barack Obama favors sex education for kindergartners and insulted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; Palin sold her state plane on EBay and turned down federal money for the “bridge to nowhere.”

If any of those statements rings true, then a campaign adage has proved itself again: Repeat something often enough, and it becomes real, even when it isn’t.

Political innocents may wonder why a candidate like McCain, whose campaign is premised on what he calls “straight talk” — and to a lesser extent Obama — have veered from the flat truth.

The answer is simple: because it works.

“When you are seeking people’s approval, you tend to tell them what you think they want to hear,” said Brooks Jackson, a former Associated Press and CNN reporter who runs the online truth-squad effort Fact Check.org

On Saturday, the McCain team was on the defensive after the Boston Globe reported that Palin’s 2007 trip to Iraq, which the campaign had forwarded as evidence of foreign policy experience, was actually a trip to a Kuwait-Iraq border crossing. The campaign earlier had said the trip — her only one outside North America — included a visit to Ireland, but later acknowledged that was a refueling stop

On “The View,” co-host Joy Behar asked McCain about the ads, calling them “lies.”

“Actually they are not lies,” McCain replied.

McCain and his campaign have insisted that all of their complaints about Obama are grounded in fact, as Obama has when confronted with errors in his criticisms of McCain…

Sites such as FactCheck, a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, also seek to clarify public comments by candidates, to growing response from voters. Jackson, the project’s director, said well over a million people visited the site last week.

His organization, nonpartisan and nonprofit, seeks to smother heated campaign rhetoric with the cool weight of logic. No use of the word “lie,” for example, since intent is hard to divine; rather, something erroneous is judged “less than honest.” …

Is this not a text book example of projection?

Who is shamelessly shading or ignoring the truth here, but our LA Times “journalist”?

For weeks, John McCain and his campaign have made claims contradicted by reality: Barack Obama favors sex education for kindergartners…

Er, as we have noted previously, Mr. Obama most certainly did vote for a bill that specifically changed the law to include kindergartners in sex education programs.

Here is the opening section of the bill in question, from the Illinois General Assembly’s website:

Full Text of SB0099

093_SB0099 LRB093 05269 NHT 05359 b

AN ACT concerning education.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Sections 27-9.1 and 27-9.2 as follows:

(105 ILCS 5/27-9.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-9.1) Sec. 27-9.1. Sex Education.

(a) No pupil shall be required to take or participate in any class or course in comprehensive sex education if the pupil’s his parent or guardian submits written objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in such course or  program shall not be reason for suspension or expulsion of such pupil. Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K 6 through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV AIDS. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.  (b) All public elementary, junior high, and senior high school classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual activity or behavior intercourse shall emphasize that abstinence is an effective method of preventing unintended is the expected norm in that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only protection that is 100% effective against unwanted teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually.

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Note that the crossed out language was dropped from the bill and the underlined words were added.

This bill specifically amended the school code to change sex education from including sixth grade through twelfth grade — to including kindergartners.

[Mr. Obama] insulted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin…

Are we still pretending that this is in doubt?

Mr. Obama sure seems to have been referring to Mrs. Palin with his lipstick joke. It was what his audience believed as well. Especially since they had been chanting about “lipstick” with regard to Mrs. Palin just moments before Mr. Obama’s unfortunate “joke.”

And, as we have previously noted, Obama has done exactly this sort of thing before.

Palin sold her state plane on EBay…

Again, as we have noted previously, Governor Palin never claimed to have sold the Alaska Governor’s plane on eBay. She said she “put it on eBay” — and she sure as hell did.

[Palin] turned down federal money for the “bridge to nowhere.”

Governor Palin never claimed that she turned down any money for the “bridge to nowhere.” (A project that both Messers Obama and Biden voted for.) She said “no thanks” to the bridge.

From the New York Times:

Two ‘Bridges to Nowhere’ Tumble Down in Congress

By CARL HULSE
Published: November 17, 2005

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 – Congressional Republicans decided Wednesday to take a legislative wrecking ball to two Alaskan bridge projects that had demolished the party’s reputation for fiscal austerity.

Straining to show new dedication to lower spending, House and Senate negotiators took the rare step of eliminating a requirement that $442 million be spent to build the two bridges, spans that became cemented in the national consciousness as “bridges to nowhere” because of the remote territory and small populations involved.

The change will not save the federal government any money. Instead, the $442 million will be turned over to the state with no strings attached, allowing lawmakers and the governor there to parcel it out for transportation projects as they see fit, including the bridges should they so choose

Governor Palin canceled the bridge.

And for good measure:

On Saturday, the McCain team was on the defensive after the Boston Globe reported that Palin’s 2007 trip to Iraq, which the campaign had forwarded as evidence of foreign policy experience, was actually a trip to a Kuwait-Iraq border crossing. The campaign earlier had said the trip — her only one outside North America — included a visit to Ireland, but later acknowledged that was a refueling stop.

We have also demonstrated how this canard is yet another tissue of lies. Not one identified person in the Palin campaign, let alone Governor Palin herself, said anything but the truth about her trip to Iraq.

This is a “controversy” completely fabricated by the Boston Globe and the AP.

So just who is shading the truth here, Ms. Decker?

If any of those statements rings true, then a campaign adage has proved itself again: Repeat something often enough, and it becomes real, even when it isn’t.

You would think these words would turn to dust on the lips of our relentlessly propagandizing media.

But they have no shame.

By, the way, note how this “reporter” has taken her marching orders directly from the Huffington Post, just as we predicted:

Ms. Decker’s “news article” is taken practically word for word from this screed.

Of course it doesn’t take much of a Nostradamus to see who is plays the tune for our one party media.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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