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January 25, 2008

HILLARY EXAGGERATES OBAMA’S LINK TO REZKO

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, life, medicine, news, politics — gasdocpol @ 3:55 pm

Facts: Hillary’s Rezko distortion works!!!

A lot of factchecking from the Democratic debate Monday is now up on the web. It indicates that truth does not seem to be a prized commodity when Hillary goes to war, but Obama and Edwards sacrifice it too.For reasons that remain unclear, the political culture seems to have come to accept that presidential candidates don’t have to tell the truth — it’s noted, but it’s really not that big a deal when they make stuff up.

In fact, it’s rewarded. The three major non-partisan factchecking sites, as noted below, all concluded that Hillary was not telling the truth when she said Obama had represented a slumlord after Obama brought up her work for Wal-Mart — but her distorted comment leads to AP, the NYT, the Boston Globe, the LA Times and both Chicago dailies doing takeouts on Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko. A scolding by factcheckers is a small price to pay.

Factcheck.org becomes the latest to conclude that the Clintons’ four-day campaign to claim that Obama had endorsed Reagan-Republican ideas was “flatly false,” and that — to add insult to injury — the Clintons themselves have given Reagan more fulsome praise than Obama did.

The Annenberg School site also concluded that Hillary’s charge that Obama represented Rezko as a lawyer was “untrue,” and that she falsely claimed that the Chicago Tribune had criticized Obama’s “present” votes as a state legislator when in fact the paper had quoted a Hillary supporter criticizing him. As for Obama, the fact check concludes that his denial that he once supported a single-payer health plan did not hold up, and he mischaracterized Hillary’s vote on a bankruptcy bill. Edwards was “misleading” in his suggestion that polls showed he was the only one beating McCain.

Politifact.com, likewise, concludes Hillary continued to “twist” and “repeatedly distort” Obama’s comments about Reagan and Republicans. It called her comments about Rezko “barely true” and “a fragment of truth, distorted.” Obama was criticized for falsely claiming that Hillary called NAFTA a “boon” to the economy in 2006, based on an unattributed assertion in an item in Newsday.

Bonus distortion! The Politifact site also explores, and finds “misleading” and “half-true” Hillary’s repeated claim that she’s working against “the Pentagon trying to take away signing bonuses when a soldier gets wounded.” It’s not quite what the Pentagon does, and she’s one of 18 co-sponsors on a bill that originated in the House!

The Washington Post Fact-checker site says both candidates engaged in a “false comparisons” in their Wal-Mart vs. Rezko exchange, but while Obama’s mud was technically true, Hillary’s involved “significant omissions and/or exagerrations” and created a “false, misleading impression.” Also, the site finds the Clintons have distorted Obama’s stance on Iraq and Reagan.

And: MSNBC’s First Read assesses Hillary’s claim that in some polls she’s beating the Republicans “higher” than anyone else. The site can’t find a single poll in which that’s true.

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Posted by John Riley on January 23, 2008 10:10 AM | Permalink

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6 Comments »

  1. I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    – Jason.

    Comment by Jason Elder — January 25, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  2. McCain is still putting lipstock on a pig with tghe Iraq fiasco.

    Romney made much of his money in leveraged buyouts that resulted in loss of jobs.

    Giuliani said to Bernie Kerik “Thank god GW Bush is our Presidnet”

    Huckabee thinks the Earth is 6000 years old and thinks that evoution is just one theory to be considered along with “intellegent design” and “creationism.

    Hillary seems preferable to any of them but her tauted “experience” is in the kind of things that put us where we are today.

    Edwards has done two things fairly well: running for President and suing doctors. He could conceiveably make a good Attorney General.

    Obama has enough experience, judgement , common sense and eloquence to make a great President.

    Comment by gasdocpol — January 25, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

  3. All candidates should be mandated to have their speeches cleared by Factcheck.org before they give them. What an idea!! Being honest about each other for a change…
    The first candidate to do so, and make it publicly known that he had done so, would be wayyyy ahead of the game. There is plenty to say without half-truths. The big lie unfortunately works all too well in politics.

    Comment by darvish — January 26, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  4. That still won’t stop them from spinning things and not everyone agrees to the facts. Factcheck.org may or may not be infallible. Hopefully we can keep them more honest by using google at every opportunity.

    Comment by gasdocpol — January 26, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

  5. “Believe nothing.
    No matter where you read it,
    Or who said it,
    Even if I have said it,
    Unless it agrees with your own reason
    And your own common sense.”
    ~ Buddha~

    QUESTION EVERYTHING! THAT’S WHERE THE TRUTH RESIDES. USE YOUR PERSONAL POWER.
    -The Capt.-

    The problem is that people rely on others for their own opinions. Humans were given free thought and free will, yet they waste it way too often. After all, to think and to question is to put the mind to work and it’s so much easier to let others do the work, many are afraid to find out who THEY really are.

    Once again, good post!

    http://mindtravels.wordpress.com/

    Comment by maryblu — January 28, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  6. That is why many people say flatly “I am a Conservative” or “I am a Liberal” In fact neither side has a monopoly on all the answers or the truth.

    Unconditional support of Israel is another source of trouble. There are powerful arguments on both sides and the USA needs to be an honest broker.

    Comment by gasdocpol — January 28, 2008 @ 2:35 pm


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