So-called media "fact-checkers" have been in conservatives' crosshairs recently, largely thanks to their tendentious analyses that often tilt the "truth" scales in Democrats' favor. The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler is uneven and unpredictable, but has taken a hard turn to the left as the election draws closer. Politifact is hopeless -- it's run by Democrats for Democrats with the occasional cookie for Republicans to maintain a false veneer of objectivity. The gold standard in the truth-seeking industry is the non-partisan FactCheck.org, which occasionally irks both sides, but generally does a solid job. This morning they published an epic piece setting the record straight on numerous, high-profile pieces of "Democratic disinformation" spouted from the podium on Tuesday evening. Here's their executive summary of the Dems' deceit:
Click through for their full report, which entails a great deal of documentation. In short, Democrats distorted, dissembled, misled and lied about Medicare, pay equality, middle class tax increases, Mitt Romney's governorship and Barack Obama's job creation record. This analysis only focused on major assertions made from the stage, and therefore missed outrageous whoppers like Debbie Wasserman Schultz's shameful series of outright, verifiable lies about Israel and the Washington Examiner. (Pro tip: If you're going to lie about what you said, you'd better make sure no one is recording you). Why are Democrats so busy painting an inaccurate picture of Republicans' policy proposals? It's an act of political misdirection. Focus on the lies, America; pay no attention to the president's astonishing lack of a second-term agenda. National Journal reports:
The easiest way to trip up a Democrat in Charlotte for the national convention is to ask him to answer this question: What is Obama’s vision for a second term? The placeholder answer, of course, is “creating an economy built to last.” But this talking point has, even to Democrats, begun to wear thin. It’s often repeated, but lacks definition. “Nobody really knows what that means,” said Joe Trippi, a Democratic strategist who handled Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign in 2010. So even though Obama’s reelection slogan is “Forward,” there’s not much talk—at least not yet—of what the country would move forward toward, or of the specific policies that Obama would enact to propel the nation up and out of the current low-wattage economic recovery. Would it include comprehensive immigration reform? Would it include tax reform? Would it include changes to Medicare and Medicaid beyond those in the 2010 health care law? Would it include any effort to limit greenhouse-gas emissions? Would it include any sustained effort to reduce poverty among African-Americans?
Reelection campaigns are typically defined by the incumbent’s policy achievements and what they tell voters about what is to come. Obama has spent precious little time extolling his accomplishments in that area, with the exception of laws requiring new and widespread financial regulations and ensuring pay equity for women. His signature overhaul of health care remains largely unmentioned. For a full day on national television, Obama advisers were bedeviled by the question, “Are people better off than they were four years ago?” On Monday, the campaign declared “yes,” people were better off, but knew it still had some explaining to do. With such difficulty dealing with reelection basics—what you have done and are people better off—it might be assumed that Obama’s team would by now have fortified the “forward” part of its message. Forward in pursuit of what?
Forward! To something! (With a heavy dose of "flexibility"). Super.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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