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NYT’s Laughable ‘Fact Check’ Of GOP Debate

From the New York Times:

Fact Check: Romney and His Money

January 20, 2012

Mitt Romney said during Thursday night’s debate that he did not inherit any money from his parents.

This is not entirely accurate, according to Mr. Romney’s previous remarks on the topic, and it was one of several questionable assertions made by the candidates in the debate.

This is simply a lie from the New York Times. Romney did not inherit any money from his parents. Or, rather, he did not keep it.

In an interview with C-Span in March 2006, Mr. Romney said that upon the death of his father, George, the former chief executive of American Motors, he received an inheritance. But he quickly donated the money to Brigham Young University, he said…

Even so, Mr. Romney benefited from his father’s wealth in another way: he relied on George Romney for a loan that he used to buy his first home, in Belmont, Mass., for $42,000.

A loan is not an inheritance. This is not a complicated issue. Words have meaning. The New York Times has simply told a blatant lie. (Which, of course, is their stock and trade. But normally they are a little more subtle about it.)

Also note, this lie is their only mention of Romney’s money in this article, despite their misleading headline.

The moderator of the debate, John King of CNN, told the candidates that Apple, the consumer technology giant, employs more than 400,000 people in China, and asked what they would do to bring those manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

The Times can’t even get the question correct. King said Apple employs 500,000 people in China. He then asked, "as a president of the United States, what do you do about that?"

His question was obviously intended to be a general question about the global labor market, and not what the President of the United States would do to get Apple to move more jobs to America.

Rick Santorum said he would eliminate taxes on manufacturing. Representative Ron Paul of Texas said he would cut back on regulation.

In his biography of Steve Jobs, the Apple founder, Walter Isaacson relates the answer to that question that Mr. Jobs gave to President Obama… “You can’t find that many in America to hire,” Mr. Jobs said.

Mr. Isaacson wrote: “These factory engineers did not have to be Ph.D.’s or geniuses; they simply needed to have basic engineering skills for manufacturing. Tech schools, community colleges or trade schools could train them.”

“If you could educate these engineers,” Mr. Jobs said, “we could move more manufacturing plants here.”

Not taxes. Not regulation. Education

What a laugh. In that same exchange with Obama that is mentioned in the Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs specifically attacked Obama’s regulations:

Jobs "told Obama that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.

By the way, Jobs also criticized America’s education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules." And that "until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform."

All that aside, notice how the New York Times is relying on a quote from Steve Jobs as a fact. Apparently, The Times does not even understand the concept of fact checking or of a fact.

At one point in the debate, Mr. Santorum said he would eliminate taxes on American manufacturers to increase their competitiveness.

He said that employment in manufacturing had declined to 9 percent of the labor force from 21 percent.

The numbers are basically correct, but it is important to understand the reason.

American factories produce more goods now, worth more money, than at any other point in history. The nation’s manufacturing output has more than doubled since 1970, adjusting for inflation.

But factories have also become much more efficient, so that the number of jobs in manufacturing has plummeted even as output has soared.

American manufacturers, in other words, are doing fine. They are highly competitive.

Who are you going to believe? The New York Times or your lying eyes? Or Steve Jobs, who The Times was just quoting as the ultimate authority on the subject?

But there is little prospect that they will start hiring large numbers of workers. Taxes or no taxes, they do not need more bodies on the factory floor.

Didn’t The Times just tell us that we needed to improve our education system to bring back manufacturing jobs? Why bother, if factories don’t need any more workers?

Oh, well. The New York Times ‘fact checks’ are always good for a cheap laugh. But just imagine how dangerous this kind of dishonesty might be if anybody took them seriously.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT’s Laughable ‘Fact Check’ Of GOP Debate”

  1. artboyusa says:

    “By MICHAEL BARBARO, BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and TRIP GABRIEL …” TRIP Gabriel? His name is TRIP? Are his brothers Slip and Slide? Trip Gabriel Ace Reporter; you couldn’t make that up, could you? Trip…what’s wrong with a good old-fashioned American name like “Newt” or “Willard” or “Barack” or “Pablo”…

  2. Mithrandir says:


    If you think about it, that is the entire basis for all the liberal snotty degradation against Republicans comes from. Romney may have inherited money (who cares) or may have fired people (so?) or got a loan from his father (who hasn’t?).

    democrats get paid to write books and give speeches just like the Clintons did, but as soon as Gingrich does the same thing, he is profiting from his position.

    democrats were all up in bed with Fannie and Freddie, and as soon as Gingrich gets some money, it’s a major crime.

    Kennedy kills his mistress, Obama’s dad spread his seed all over the world, democrat Eliot Spitzer gets his own t.v. show, and Gingrich is not even allowed to buy his wife jewelry with his own money.

    Blacks and liberals get applause for “Keeping it real.” But as soon as Obama is called the ‘food-stamp president’ (also keeping it real), somehow the truth is a horrible violation simply because it came from a Republican.

    The liberal line, “He got pulled over for ‘driving while black.'” The same game can be played, “He is criticized for living while being a Republican.”

  3. proreason says:

    I’m going to have to wipe the bird shit off that article and read it. Sounds interesting.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Make Believe Media.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    That reminds me; it’s Friday gotta stop at the fish market. You just cant beat the NYT for stinkin’ fish wrap.

  6. canary says:

    The New York Times is official source the Federal & state Dept of Education is using for History, English, all subjects.

    My conservation today with teacher was as followed, who tried to verbally add government sites to .com sites. Avoid .com sites.

    I did not mention the NYT in conversation with teacher. It was the first example of a reliable essay source she brought up and gave.; told me that the “New York Times” is a better source than official government reports or other official documents, TSA, DHS, 9/11 Commission Report, FBI, etc.

    in regards to…. as to “how did the U.S.’perpetuate’ the 9/11 attacks, and as to ‘who’? was behind the 9/11 attacks, and is the U.S. safer “today” and why; more.

    There is a very damaging govt report as the Ft. Hood incident was a ticking time bomb that should have been prevented by the Federal Government themselves admitting.

    I responded but you understand that reporters make a living writing articles daily and giving their own opinion, getting information incorrect, not doing their research such as going through thousands of reports.

    These recourse sites the schools have in their program are paid for. All year the NYT has reared in it’s head to include “one” ill written full of untruth (it also falsely took a stab against Catholics at the reporters discretion) that the entire school studied and performed circle experiments and activities on, done across the U.S.A.

    While, I most certainly and not going to believe everything the government tells us, I’ll be damned if the NYTs is today’s educational and history research. And don’t get me started on NewsWeek being a source. What a joke.

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