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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Journalists Shilling For Obama

Well, it's true his lips never moved.

But beyond that?

Take a look at what passes for journalism these days:

"In any case, Obama himself never 'told America' that his plan 'would hold unemployment below 8 percent,' as Romney claims. This was merely a staff report about a generic stimulus package, not even Obama’s own plan."

That's from the Washington Post's "fact checker," believe it or not.

Writes Glenn Kessler, in so many words: Obama's staff in 2009 delivers to the nation a report that unemployment would not exceed 8% if a government "stimulus" were injected into the economy, but because Obama himself never personally "told" us unemployment would never exceed 8%, Romney is lying for saying otherwise.

Don Surber responds:
Zombie lying for Obama

Childishly, the promo in the Washington Post Online for Glenn Kessler’s story read: “Romney’s zombie bogus jobless claim.”

Glenn Kessler called Mitt Romney a liar for accurately quoting Barack Obama.

According to Glenn Kessler, this is what Mitt Romney said: “Three years ago, a newly elected President Obama told America that if Congress approved his plan to borrow nearly a trillion dollars, he would hold unemployment below 8 percent.”

Romney tells the truth. The fact-checker is the man without facts.
Rather than the squabble being about "facts," the real bone of contention is whether Obama's lips moved when his administration promoted the idea that an economic "stimulus" would keep unemployment under 8%. On that point Kessler would be right. Obama never said such a thing.

But "said" isn't the word that Romney used either. It was "told." Romney:

“Three years ago, a newly elected President Obama told America that if Congress approved his plan to borrow nearly a trillion dollars, he would hold unemployment below 8 percent.”

Kessler claims that Obama never told us that.

Making Kessler's statement untrue.

Here's the definition(s) of the word "told" that I found in my trusty dictionary (maybe Kessler should obtain one; it might save him a modicum of embarrassment).  "Told" derives from the word "tell":

1) Express in words. (Making Kessler's contention fact-worthy.)

All well and good. But ...

2) Let something be known.

Did Obama let his administration float the now-laughable claim that he could keep unemployment where he never kept it?

Without doubt.

Making the Washington Post's "fact checker" factually wrong.

I learned a long time ago that a person viewed by his friends and neighbors as being a fool is one thing. But to put boneheaded declarations in writing for all the world to see makes that same person known globally as being an idiot. Not a slick move.

Glenn Kessler? The world now knows ...