Obama is first because Billy Jeff didn’t inhale…or claimed he didn’t.
I’m not sure if it is just me or this really is happening…
Presidential spokeshole, Jay Carney, chastised the White House press corps to not accept the GOP BS on Obama’s profligate spending. The Spokeshole-in-Chief told the WH press corps to fact-check statements made by some Republican congressmen about Obama’s fiscal policy, saying:
I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out. Do not buy into the B.S. that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.
In politics, one only issues a challenge like this when they expect their audience not to check and just accept the statements at face value…the fact that the media did actually check, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post gave Nutting’s post and Obama’s claim three “Pinocchios”, tells me that the MSM may just be getting tired of running interference and then getting criticized for their trouble.
Carney’s challenge was based, of course, on a lie. His comment was based on the thoroughly and completely debunked MarketWatch publication of Rex Nutting’s moronic defense of Obama’s spending. Grasping at any straw, Obama jumps the shark on this one, takes Nutting’s illogical analysis and goes him one better by saying:
But what my opponent didn’t tell you was that federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years.
In order to make their case, Nutting, Carney and the President must ignore Obama’s entire first year in office, claiming that it is “Bush’s fault” – even though the Democrat controlled Congress took no actions on Bush’s budget and instead voted on a new, Democrat sponsored one in March of 2009 that included roughly $400 billion more spending than the Bush budget.
Tom Blumer, writing at PJ Media, cuts through all the accounting gimmicks and rhetorical fog to cut this meme to shreds – this chart from his evisceration of Nutting’s nuttiness explains it all:
Jake Tapper of ABC gets in on the fun, too. To be fair, other than the Fox hard news reporters, Jake has been one of the least sycophantic members of the cadre of reporters assigned to report on the Obama regime. Tapper, writing in an ABC blog post titled “Obama Campaign ‘Truth Team’ Conflates Smears with Criticisms, Citing Disputed Study” Jake notes:
Cutter wrote: “Mitt Romney’s general disregard for the truth is why you all are so important to this campaign. So many Truth Team members have told me: You give us the facts to get the President’s back, and we’ll get it done.”
But voters should generally beware of campaigns claiming that they are fact checking. They have an interest in conflating nonsense — like the bizarre assertion that President Obama was born in Kenya — with legitimate criticisms. They want all attacks to be dismissed as falsehoods — and that is simply not the case.
I guess even Jake feels the need to assuage the little pang of guilt in outing the President’s “truth team” as liars by tossing in a little nod to “birtherism” at the end. I detest this rhetorical device, using a non-issue or trying to equivocate issues when there is no equivocation to blunt the very points and criticisms that are leveled earlier in the post – as if somehow people questioning Obama’s birthplace offset the lies about his fiscal policies. It is truly an example of being “dishonest, diversionary and pompous…” As we have pointed our before, two wrongs do not make a right.
I have to take issue with Tapper’s assertion that it is a “bizarre assertion that President Obama was born in Kenya…”, I’m actually not a “birther” and I don’t buy the “birther” points – but I do think that the fact that Obama appears to have claimed to own a Kenyan birthright (or allowed the claim to stand for 17 years) is a legitimate issue that should be explored and explained. The same people who don’t think this is an issue thought that John McCain being born in the Panama Canal Zone was pretty germane to his 2008 campaign – but then Democrats are never subjected to the Watergate standard of “what did the President know and when did he know it?”, are they?
We have noted the mild criticism coming from ABC, CNN and even the Administration Press (AP), but that doesn’t stop many in the mainstream media from wishing for those thrilling days of yesteryear when Obama’s lies had no history to base a fact check on. It certainly isn’t that what Obama-Biden 2008 were selling wasn’t lies, is just that the lies were more difficult to recognize when compared to his record – because he really didn’t have a record.
MSNBC, leaning leftward with their nightly stable of Democrat shills, are sure trying to prop up the Pope of Toke. Their rabidly leftist house lesbian, Rachel “Mad Dog” Maddow, isn’t even above creating “facts” out of thin air. Dylan Byers of Politico notes that Rach is very sensitive to the admonition of the White House to dig through the “GOP BS”:
Last night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow attributed statements to Mitt Romney that he did not make.
In a segment pegged, ironically, to White House criticism of the Washington press corps, Maddow attempted to rise to the White House’s challenge by calling out Romney for holding President Obama to a higher standard on the unemployment rate than he did himself.
Maddow first ran footage of Romney’s interview with Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin yesterday, in which the former governor of Massachusetts said that over a period of four years his administration could get the unemployment rate “down to 6 percent, or maybe lower.” She then ran footage from a May 4 speech in which Romney, dismissing celebration of an 8.1 percent unemployment rate, said “anything over 8 percent, anything near 8 percent, anything over 4 percent is not cause for celebration.”
Paraphrasing Romney’s remarks from the May 4 speech, Maddow then said: “Sure, President Obama has brought unemployment down, but anything over 4 percent is an Obama failure.”
Then, speaking for herself, Maddow said: “Mitt Romney says anything over 4 percent is a failure of the Obama administration, then two-and-a-half weeks later says his own goal is 6 percent unemployment.”
That is incorrect — which is to say, false. Mitt Romney did not say that unemployment over 4 percent is a failure of the Obama administration. He said it was not cause for celebration. Furthermore, in his interview with Halperin, Romney did not say that his own goal of 6 percent unemployment would be cause for celebration, either. He merely said that that was his own goal. Maddow is simply tying together two different statements to create and attribute a statement that was never actually made.
The irony is that Maddow pegged her criticism of Romney to White House spokesman Jay Carney’s own criticism of the Washington press corps.
I think that Obama’s 2012 campaign theme should be Obama 2012: The Boomerang. Everything that he throws out at Republicans eventually comes back and hits him square in the head.
I could be wrong, but I think we are beginning to see the media jump off the Obama Express to Losertown. It is getting increasingly embarrassing for them to defend and overlook Obama’s misrepresentations because the facts are so obvious. “Bush’s Fault” was a workable theme when there was no record except Dub’s to run on or against but Obama has his own now to run from.
Much like the victims of a con game that we talked about here, they are coming to recognize that they weren’t shills, they were just as much the marks as the rest of us rubes were. Now they are trying to flush their involvement in the scam down the memory hole, shift the responsibility and get out of the game with as much cash as they can. They are counting on you not figuring out that you have been conned until after they cash out.
It will be an interesting observation to see if the levels of criticism of the Obama regime by the MSM increase as we approach November. This will be a bellwether of their assessment of The One’s chances. I predict that it will reach a crescendo about a month after the Republican convention (if they think that he is a goner). It will be then that they realize that they can no longer cover for him and need to be able to say after the election, “Look, it isn’t our fault. We were tough on him – forget the that we carried his water for the past 5 years, that was then, this is now. Just look at how tough we were last month.”
Now that Obama has prosecuted his first and last term with the same degree of tepid ineffectiveness that has been the hallmark of his entire career, even the compliant members of American Pravda are tiring of the preemptive winner of the Nobel Prize for Promises of Hope and Change.