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WP: GOP Convention Theme Is Based On Lies

From the Washington Post:

Fact checking the GOP Convention’s opening night

by Glenn Kessler | Wed August 28, 2012

Can an entire convention be built around a grammatical error?

We wondered about that as we watched the first night of Republican Convention. From House Speaker John Boehner to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to Ann Romney, speaker after speaker made reference to Obama’s statement that “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

When Ann Romney declared that her husband “was not handed success — he built it,” the delegates even began chanting “We built it” — which in fact was the official theme for the convention on Tuesday…

We originally gave Romney’s use of the phrase Three Pinocchios, a ruling that did not seem to please anyone, with Democrats complaining that Obama’s words were clearly taken out of context…

Huh? Of course, why wouldn’t the Democrats be pleased when The Post called Romney’s accurate charge a lie?

The key question is whether the “that” refers to “roads and bridges” — as the Obama campaign contends — or to a business…

Obama appears to be making the unremarkable point that companies and entrepreneurs often benefit in some way from taxpayer support for roads, education and so forth. In other words, he is trying to make the case for higher taxes, and for why he believes the rich should pay more, which as we noted is part of a long Democratic tradition. He just did not put it very eloquently. So we believed Three Pinocchios was a reasonable compromise, given the ungrammatical nature of Obama’s phrasing.

What a laugh. As we have noted before, Obama introduced his argument by saying: “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”

It is simply a lie to claim that he was then talking about roads and bridges. He was talking about success. He was saying that nobody builds their own success by their own hard word.

So, once again, a supposed ‘fact checker’ is promulgating blatant lie.

However, in light of the GOP’s repeated misuse of this Obama quote in speech after speech, we feel compelled to increase the Pinocchio rating to Four.

Hopefully, that will finally please the Democrats.

(Warning to Democrats: You will get the same scrutiny of out-of-context Romney quotes next week. It’s really a silly thing on which to base a campaign.)

Oh, our sides.

Another misguided assertion on the first night was the Four-Pinocchio claim that President Obama waived the work requirement for welfare. Both former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Rep. Artur Davis made variations of this claim. As Santorum put it, “This summer he [Obama] showed us once again he believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare. I helped write the welfare reform bill; we made the law crystal clear — no president can waive the work requirement.”

This is a gross simplification of a complex issue. As we wrote in our original column on this issue, the Obama administration certainly appears to have committed a process foul in the way that it said it would consider waivers for worker participation targets, made in response to a request from GOP and Democratic governors.

This author has the nerve to talk about grammar? But notice that Obama’s careful and deliberate gutting of welfare reform is called "a process foul.’ — This is hard-hitting "fact checking," according to the standards of the Washington Post.

Also note that Kessler claims it was the result of requests from Republican governors. Which is another blatant lie that has been exposed over and over again.

Including by Kessler himself, when he had to admit: "Yes, the letter speaks of “increased waiver authority,” but this refers to language in a pending Senate bill updating the welfare overhaul, not to a waiver of work requirements. Indeed, that bill would have increased mandatory work requirements, from 50 to 70 percent, while at the same time adding flexibility to the states in terms of countable activities."

Santorum would be correct to suggest there is something fishy about the administration’s legal reasoning. But one cannot make the rhetorical leap that Santorum does and conclude that this means that Obama believes in government handouts and dependency…

Again, what a pathetic joke this is.

(NOTE TO READERS: All this week, and next, we will keep an ear out for suspect facts uttered at the conventions. We suspect many will be previously debunked claims, as on the RNC’s opening night, but we welcome suggestions for claims to check.)

We have a suggestion. Learn the meaning of the word ‘fact.’

By the way, as we noted back in November of 2008, once these ‘fact checkers’ got Obama safely elected, they decided their work was done and announced they were closing down.

From Mr. Kessler at the Washington Post:

Farewell Edition

November 3, 2008

The Fact Checker is shutting up shop on Nov. 4. Over the last 15 months, I have checked some 200 claims and statements relating to the presidential campaign, and received 18,000 comments, many of them vehemently disputing my verdicts.

Pinocchios have entered the campaign lexicon, and are sometimes used as a verb, e.g. “You were Pinocchio’ed for that statement.” I will leave it up to readers to decide whether the whole experiment has been worthwhile…

And the Annenberg Foundation’s FactCheck.org also closed down:

Good-bye For Now

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We end our weekly series with one, last look at the 2008 election circus. “Just the Facts!” will be back in 2009 with occasional episodes and updates.

In fact, these ‘fact checking’ operations were only started to try to help Obama get elected. As soon as their mission was accomplished they both announced they were closing up shop.

They only came out of mothballs to try to defend Obama’s sorry record since then.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “WP: GOP Convention Theme Is Based On Lies”

  1. Petronius says:

    Even a cursory reading of his Roanoke speech should remove all doubt. Simply put, he does not want to leave the creation and allocation of wealth to the free market. No, he wants to confiscate and redistribute the wealth that you have created. He, or one of his minions –– some cutthroat government czar, whom he has appointed –– will decide how much of your property you will be allowed to keep, how much of your property he will take for himself, and how much will be left for redistribution by the government.

    And that somehow the government commissars will do a better job with all our wealth than human beings acting freely through the free market would do themselves. Yes, we all need to be institutionalized. Government is responsible for us. It’s for our own good.

    Check out this fact :

    Nerobama is a Bolshevik thug and leader of a Bolshevik robber gang. He is a predator with the morality of a hungry cannibal and bloodthirsty vampire. That is the real lesson of Roanoke.

    Once this simple fact is understood, the mask is stripped away, and Nerobama is revealed for what he actually is.

    Yes, this guy is the anti-capitalist, anti-success, anti-achievement, anti-freedom class warrior par excellence.

    “There are a lot of smart people out there.”

    Unfortunately there are many more stupid, ignorant, and ill-informed people out there, most of whom actually believe they are smart. And many of those people are manipulated by so-called “journalists” and “fact-checkers” who spend their days covering-up the truth.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I second Steve … Huh?

    And add a WTF?

  3. Anonymoose says:

    It kind of reminds me of that guy who ran an election forecast website that was supposed to be non-partisan, yet he just couldn’t see how Bush possibly got re-elected in 2004 and was promising to go over his numbers to find out what went wrong. Simple, the people voted.

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