How Media Lies: FactCheck Lies On The President, Again . . .
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FactCheck's summarized list of "falsehoods" has Romney listed five times and Obama three, but only Obama is described as making a "false" claim, although all of Romney's claims were false, and none of Obama's claims were false. Also, Obama's claims are presented first, for a reason . . .
By critiquing Obama first, and applying the word "false," to his words, FactCheck attempts to convince the reader that the President has lied, before they approach the soft-pedaled critique of Romney's lies. The likely effect is that the reader will dismiss the significance of Romney's lies. It's another version of "both ways," if both people are doing something, it is difficult to judge one of them.
FactCheck should not have included Obama's assertion that he called the incident in Lybia an “act of terror” the day after the event, since it was established that he said that at the debate. Whether or not the President labeled it a "terrorist attack" is not an issue, since that was not discussed at the debate.
FactCheck should not have said that Romney did not refer to the "Papers Please" legislation as a model for the Nation, like Obama said since, during the Feb. 22 debate, when asked if he would adopt the aggressive arrest policy included in the "Paper's Please," Arizona's SB 1070 legislation, Romney said, "You know, I think you see a model in Arizona." It is a fair interpretation that Romney considered the legislation a model for the nation since he said that as a direct response to a question about that legislation.
FactCheck says "Obama falsely claimed Romney referred to wind-power jobs as imaginary," although that was a fair interpretation of what Romney did say, namely, "an imaginary world where windmills and solar panels could power the economy,"
An honest representation of the facts would look like the following:
Obama claimed Romney once called Arizona’s “papers, please” immigration law a “model” for the nation: True. In the Feb. 22 debate, when asked if he would adopt the aggresive arrest policy included in the "Paper's Please," Arizona's SB 1070 legislation, Romney said, "You know, I think you see a model in Arizona."
Obama claimed Romney used "imaginary" in referring to wind-power jobs: Mostly True. Obama's claim is a fair interpretation of what Romney said, “Obama has focused on an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy."
Romney said he won’t cut taxes for the wealthy: False. He also said their tax rate won't change, and that would mean the Bush tax cuts would remain in place for the rich.
Romney said “a recent study has shown” that taxes “will” rise on the middle class by $4,000: False. There was no study, just an analysis of how much it would cost to finance the debt through tax increases. However, because something could be done, is not predictive that it will be done. For example, one could take a bus but they choose to walk instead.
Romney claimed 580,000 women have lost jobs under Obama: False. The true figure is closer to 93,000.
Romney claimed an aspect of the automakers bailout was “precisely what I recommended": False. The main feature of the auto bailout was providing automakers with government financing, an idea Romney rejected.
Romney said he would keep Pell Grants for low-income college students: False. Both Romney and Ryan have previously said they will limit eligibility, and Ryan proposed cutting pell grants.
The FactCheck of the October 11th Debate is used to lie about President Obama, while covering Romney's lies . . . How diabolical that media has countered public distrust by devising new ways to lie.