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WP Fact Checks Romney Speech – In Advance

From the Washington Post:

Previewing the ‘facts’ in Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech

by Glenn Kessler | Thursday Aug 30, 2012

The details of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night are not known, but he’s been road-testing various claims about President Obama’s record for months. Here are five dubious assertions that he frequently makes on the campaign trail or in his campaign advertisements…

Glenn Kessler, the same ‘fact checker’ who lied so blatantly about Paul Ryan’s speech, is at it again. And this time Mr. Kessler couldn’t even wait for Romney’s speech to ‘fact check’ it. (Weirdly, the media is turning the phrase ‘fact check’ into how they use ‘Swift Boat.’)

But can you expect from these media hirelings? Their jobs are on the line, too.

“If the President is reelected, he will succeed in raiding $716 billion from Medicare — from the trust fund you have paid into all your lives – to pay for Obamacare.” …

We have generally considered this to be a two-Pinocchio claim, though if Romney says Obama raided the trust fund, that would likely push it to three.

Of course, this is a well documented fact that is supported by no less than the Congressional Budget Office. (A pdf file.) But what is the word of the CBO when compared to the bald assertions of a hack from the Washington Post?

“President Obama gutted welfare reform. My plan for a stronger middle class will put work back in welfare.”

This highly inaccurate Four Pinocchio claim is at the center of what the Romney campaign considers its most effective ad. At issue is a memo issued in July by the Department of Health and Human Services, encouraging states to consider “new, more effective ways” of meeting employment goals. As part of that, the HHS Secretary would consider issuing waivers to states concerning worker participation targets…

Once again, who are we to believe, the renown Mr. Kessler, or the man who wrote welfare reform, Robert Rector?

The administration’s move was a surprise, though it claims it reacted in response to requests from both Democratic and Republican governors.

Which is a lie that even Kessler used to acknowledge. (But no more.) In reality, the Republican governors were talking about a different subject. And they were also seeking to stiffen the work requirements.

Even supporters suggest that the administration violated the spirit of the law, but no waivers have been issued and Obama has taken no action to weaken work requirements. Romney is asserting an extreme interpretation of what might happen under these rules…

So Obama has not gutted welfare reform because in the few weeks since he gutted it there have been no waivers granted — that we know of.

This is what passes for a ‘fact’ in today’s brave new world of journalism.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 31st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “WP Fact Checks Romney Speech – In Advance”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    There. I said it.

    And they’re all white.

    Bet they golf. And live in Chicago.

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