No Mas Pantalones . .
Vol: 131 Issue: 31 Friday, August 31, 2012
It was only a matter of minutes after each RNC speech was over that the media rushed out its fact-checkers to point out all the alleged lies and half-truths told by the speakers.
Anybody that still doubts that the mainstream media is now a euphemism for the Propaganda Wing of the Democrat Party need look no further than the Charlotte Observer which claimed the RNC Convention was;
“marked by speeches filled with half-truths, misleading statements, obfuscations and downright falsehoods.”
Wow! That is a pretty serious charge to make, but since this is a hard-news story published by an impartial member of the McClatchy Newspaper Group, you just know they have evidence to support their contention;
“From economic issues to welfare to Medicare to President Barack Obama’s work history, the convention’s headlining speakers often stretched the truth – to the point of breaking, in some cases.”
Double wow! I am only at the second paragraph and this is the second time that the Charlotte Observer has called the GOP speakers liars. I can’t really think of a more horrible charge to throw at someone than “liar.” The Bible calls Satan the ‘father of lies’. The Ninth Commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.”
A charge like that can literally destroy a person’s reputation. It is the most violent kind of character assassination. It is so vile a charge that when it is wrongly laid at the feet of a private citizen, it is called “libel” and is actionable in court.
Legally, a person is a liar when he knowingly makes a statement he knows to be false.
When a person calls another person a “liar” the damage can be so devastating that in some jurisdictions it amounts to legal defamation.
Since the Charlotte Observer (isn’t that where the DNC is meeting?) doubled-down on the liar charge, they must have some pretty good examples. The Charlotte Observer was ready.
First, Mitt Romney’s “lie”.
“I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour,” Romney said. “President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.”
Now, the Charlotte Observer (isn’t that where the DNC is meeting?) is exposing the truth!
“Obama made several speeches overseas early in his presidency to introduce himself to the world. He never issued a formal apology in any of those speeches.”
Sad. Really sad. We’re looking at what Romney said, as accurately quoted by the paper. Do you see where Romney said Obama issued a “formal” apology? Me neither.
Now, to the phrase, “apology tour.”
If you type “apology tour” into Google, every single return refers to the same Obama tour. The Leftist media says that the claim is a lie. One example of a lefty news organization is Mother Jones. A Mother Jones column dated February 29, 2009 was headlined, “Obama’s Apology Tour Makes a Stop in Asia.”
One of the handy things about the Omega Letter archives is that they are a record of events in context since they were written on the day the events occurred.
On June 4, 2009 as Obama was touring the Middle East, we recorded the following:
“Obama seems to believe we owe the Muslim world an apology. And not just one, but many, for somehow failing to show Islam the respect Obama believes that it is due. . .
“. . . After apologizing for America’s terribleness to the great Muslim religion that has contributed so much to America’s own greatness, Obama turned his attention to the Arab-Israeli peace process.
“Obama next apologized to the Muslim world for his predecessor’s misguided efforts at promoting democracy . . . “I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.”
“After apologizing for trying to promote democracy, Obama apologized for America’s lack of religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.”
If it is a lie today, then it was a lie on June 4, 2009. But nobody was calling it a lie in June, 2009. Or in November 2009 when we wrote:
“Every time the president speaks abroad, he runs down America as being arrogant, self-centered, unilateral and generally wrong. It is so much a part of his worldview that somebody dubbed it “Barack Obama’s Apology Tour” — a tag line picked up by even a few liberal mainstream journalists.”
In total, we referred to Obama’s “Apology Tour” in no fewer than twelve Omega Letter briefings since 2009.
THAT’s their best shot? Naw. It gets better when they go after Paul Ryan. Here is an example of Paul Ryan lying to the public:
“Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech Wednesday was chock-full of inaccuracies and misleading statements. The House of Representatives member from Wisconsin said the Obama administration had “funneled out of Medicare” $716 billion to pay for the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. “
Now, here is the Charlotte Observer’s (isn’t that where the DNC is meeting) explaining what the truth is.
“Obama didn’t gut $716 billion from Medicare to pay for the health care law. Instead, the administration instituted changes in Medicare to lower health care costs in the future . . . The changes the administration made primarily affect insurance companies and hospitals, and not Medicare recipients directly.”
Obama still pulled $716 billion from Medicare. Cuts in payments to hospitals and insurance companies only affect Medicare recipients indirectly when they can’t find a provider that accepts Medicare.
In any case, Obama himself admitted that he’s doing what Ryan says. In a November 2009 interview with ABC News, reporter Jake Tapper said to Obama that “one-third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare,” to which Obama’s response was: “Right.”
Another example of a shameful Ryan lie:
“Ryan also told conventioneers that Obama did nothing with the recommendations of a bipartisan presidential commission tasked with advising on how to reduce the federal budget deficit, a panel of which Ryan was a member.”
That is a lie, according to the Charlotte Observer (isn’t that where the DNC is meeting?). Not because it isn’t true. But because Obama isn’t the only one. Huh?
“Obama wasn’t the only one, however. Ryan helped block the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from being voted on in Congress. The report by the 18-member panel called for deep spending cuts in domestic and military spending and for changing the tax code. While some Republicans on the commission embraced lowering tax rates, they balked at defense cuts.”
So what was it that Ryan lied about, again? Oh, he said Obama did nothing with the recommendations of the bipartisan commission. What was it that Obama DID do with the recommendations? Ummmm, nothing.
It is a shame that public figures cannot sue for libel.
It is equally sad that the mainstream media can’t be sued for false reporting. The Washington Post accused Paul Ryan of lying about a closure of a GM plant in Wisconsin. The Investor’s Business Daily responded with a charge of its own: the Washington Post is lying.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler posted a piece — “Ryan misleads on GM plant closing in hometown” — saying Ryan “appeared to suggest” that Obama was responsible for the closure of a GM plant in Janesville, Wis.
“That’s not true,” Kessler said. “The plant was closed in December 2008, before Obama was sworn in.”
What’s not true are Kessler’s “facts.” Ryan didn’t suggest Obama was responsible for shuttering the plant. Instead, he correctly noted that Obama promised during the campaign that the troubled plant “will be here for another hundred years” if his policies were enacted.
Also, the plant didn’t close in December 2008. It was still producing cars until April 2009.
An AP “fact check” also claimed that “the plant halted production in December 2008” even though the AP itself reported in April 2009 that the plant was only then “closing for good.”
The rest of the alleged lies told by Paul Ryan aren’t lies either. It is just that the media took exception to the way those facts were delivered.
Those fact-check organizations that aren’t responding with outright lies and distortions are selectively examining the “facts” in such a way as to favor Obama.
Check out the Obama birth certificate debunking at Snopes. The fact is that Sheriff’s Joe Arpaio’s investigators concluded the published birth certificate is a forgery. If they could, they would prosecute.
Snopes, which has never conducted an investigation of its own and does NOT have a team of 40 retired investigators, forgery specialists and attorneys working on it, flatly calls it “false” — without ever mentioning the Maricopa County Sheriff’s investigator’s report.
How does Snopes know that they are right and the MCSO’s forty investigators are wrong? An honest fact check report could, at best label the claim “inconclusive.”
It is possible to split hairs over broad political generalizations, like when Ryan said Obama did “nothing” by challenging the definition of “nothing” or denying Obama raided Medicare by rephrasing the sentence, but why in the world would any American want to do that?
Why would any American want to advance something that he himself doesn’t believe? I find it impossible to swallow the idea that the media actually thinks Romney was lying when he referred to Obama’s foreign policy tour as the Obama Apology Tour.
Or that Ryan was lying when he said Obama had taken money from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.
I realize that this is merely an continuation of the point I made in yesterday’s OL, but it is important that you see how pervasive it is.
Several years ago, we published an e-book called “Bodyguard of Lies” in which we made the provocative statement that almost everything you think you know is wrong. The fact is that Americans today are the most heavily-propagandized population in the history of the world.
But most of us don’t believe that and even those that do think that they are too smart to be taken in by it. That is most probably the same thing that most Germans believed back in the early 1930s.
The Apostle Paul writes of the strong delusion of the last days, specifically giving the reason for the strong delusion, and why those who are left behind will embrace it, even as they know it is a lie.
” . . . because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10)
It doesn’t matter what area one examines anymore; American politics, the Middle East, Russia, the UN or the EU, what stands out is the way that all of these different and seemingly unrelated entities are moving — or being moved, (almost as if they had hooks in their jaws) into position, exactly as the Bible said they would.
There is no deviation — there are no huge, glaring inconsistencies. Everybody is where the Bible predicted they would be; politically, economically, socially and financially.
The world is desperate for strong political leadership. The world’s economy teeters in the balance. The Middle East is poised on the brink of war while America grows increasingly tattered while the social order breaks down in complete harmony with 2 Timothy 3:1-6.
The Bible predicted it all. The Lord said it would happen, and He said when, and He told us what signs to watch for. It means that He is still in control, no matter how scary it all looks from our position in the here and now.
So what is the takeaway?
“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)