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The NYT ‘Fact Checks’ The Lying GOP Again

From a suddenly fact obsessed New York Times:

Fact Check: Social Security, Health Care and More

September 12, 2011, 8:56 pm

Note the time stamp of this article. The Republican debate started at 8 pm EDT. The Times simply could not wait to sort out the ‘facts.’ They probably had most of it written before the debate even started. Indeed, this article was so vitally important to them that assigned seven different reporters to contribute to it.

We have no intention of going through all of the nonsense in this article. It is more than 2,762 words long. We will just give an excerpt from each headings, and let you use your imagination. After all, just like with Obama, you know by now what reporters at The Times are going to say, even before they say it.

Perry Debates Himself on Social Security

As Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was assailed by some rivals for the Republican presidential nomination at Monday night’s debate for his misleading claim that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, he also seemed to be debating himself at times

Bachmann and Medicare

Michele Bachmann, asked about Social Security and Medicare, said, “We know President Obama stole over $500 billion out of Medicare to switch it over to Obamacare.”

This is a distortion of the health care law passed last year

No, it is not. But it is a distortion to try to deny it. Which, of course, The Times goes on to do.

Jobs Created by Stimulus Bill

Like most of the Republican candidates, Mr. Perry takes a dim view of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was championed by President Obama and approved by Congress in 2009. The stimulus bill, Mr. Perry said Monday night, has “created zero jobs.” But the reality is more complicated

You didn’t realize that the stimulus created untold millions of jobs? Of course it is a little "complicated" to explain how so many jobs were created by the stimulus when has continued to shoot through the roof.

Health Care Payment Advisory Board

Mr. Romney said the federal health care legislation championed by President Obama would ultimately lead to panels that dictate to people what kind of health care they can get…

The Times goes on to explain that these panels would just decide on what procedures should be rationed. And that has nothing to do with "death panels."

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Mr. Paul said the United States Embassy in Baghdad cost $1 billion and was bigger than the Vatican. Almost. The Congressional Research Service says the final cost was $736 million (a $140 million cost overrun). The embassy compound covers 104 acres; Vatican City covers about 110 acres

This is actually the full extent of this particular ‘fact check.’ What a gotcha, huh?

Energy Consumption

Mr. Romney repeated his line, “We’re an energy-rich nation, but we’re living like an energy-poor nation.” He has never quite explained what he means by this, but the United States consumes more energy per capita than any nation on earth outside the Persian Gulf…

Again, this is the the full extent of this specific ‘fact check.’ So exactly what is being debunked here?

Rick Perry’s Contributions From Merck

Mr. Perry’s rivals pounced with a vicious fervor on his decision (later withdrawn) to require young girls in his state to receive inoculations against the virus that can cause cervical cancer… 

And on and on. By the way, notice that the article doesn’t say a word about any of the errant nonsense Ron Paul was spouting?

But we have to ask once again, does anybody remember any such scrutiny during the Democrat candidates debates in 2008?

In fact, have we seen any ‘fact checks’ of any of Mr. Obama’s recent jobs speeches? Or even any of Obama’s speeches marking the anniversary 9/11, where he artfully neglected to ever mention that it was Muslim terrorists who perpetrated the attack?

Why is the news media only obsessed with ‘the facts’ when Republican candidates are involved? And, for that matter, when did ‘fact twisting’ become ‘fact checking’?

(These are all rhetorical questions, of course.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “The NYT ‘Fact Checks’ The Lying GOP Again”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    We are living in a divided nation. One side is the national socialists who, after many decades, have achieved a working disinformation machine that tries to eliminate the truth.

    We on the side of truth and logic are being belittled and criticized at every newspaper day and every MSM news hour. Actually, by the minute. This was successful for a time in Soviet Russia but I still have my doubts as to how it will work here. Roughly 53% of the population buy into this garbage but Americans are a curious lot; They may have been dumbed down through the state-owned education system and kept that way wit a constant stream of electronic toys and TV shows but once they realize they’ve been lied to, they usually don’t keep coming back for more.

    The ones who know they’re lying keep doing so and with seemingly increased ease yet either they really have no conception of why O-dumbass’s numbers are burrowing through the floorboards or they do so they think more lies is the answer. At the end of the day, one has to ask, “So who’s getting paid to do all this lying?” and the answer isn’t hard to find.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    The same news media who never vetted Obama, are the same people who fact-check Republicans? The news media who couldn’t find Aunt Zeituni, or Uncle Omar living right under their nose in Boston, are a credible source for fact-checking. Hmph. The vaunted New York Times and Boston Herald couldn’t find this story in their own back yard.

    Republicans really should have their own fact-checking website to list the lies and deceptions of the DNC. They hope to get their message out via Sunday morning talk shows, or campaign speeches, but they are really about 15 years behind the times.
    ~Every lie in a bill should be exposed, along with future updates when the bill does it’s own mission creep, and becomes a bloated mess like the TSA and other programs doing what they weren’t intended to do.

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