More Obama untruths, more free passes handed out by the mainstream media
at least ten Obama untruths in the last six weeks
By Charles Bird Posted in 2008 — Comments (3) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Very little has been made of two instances, reported last month by the Washington Post, where Mr Obama exaggerated his role in legislative accomplishments. When a bipartisan attempt was made to reform America's immigration policy, Mr Obama claimed to be one of the senators who in 2006 "had to wake up early to try to hammer this stuff out." If it were true, it would've boosted his repuation as a uniter of Republicans and Democrats. But miffed Senate staffers say Mr Obama never attended the critical early morning negotiating sessions where the bill was hammered out. And he played an even smaller role when the issue was re-visited in 2007—after showing up late for a meeting he was even upbraided by Ted Kennedy.
More recently, when referring to housing legislation unveiled this year, Mr Obama called it "the legislation I put forward with my colleague Chris Dodd". Mr Dodd, an Obama supporter, may be too kind to say so, but this simply isn't accurate. Mr Obama backed the measure, as did Mrs Clinton, but he did not author or sponsor the legislation, which is to say he didn't put it forward anymore than Mrs Clinton did.
In yet another instance Mr Obama claimed to have passed a bill on nuclear regulation that never made it out of the Senate.
And Obama is still trotting out the lie that John McCain wants a 100-year war in Iraq. Maybe I'm a little naive, but I thought that one of the primary tasks our media has is to hold politicians' words accountable. Alas. Perhaps, like Chris Matthews, there are thrills going up their legs when they're in his presence. What will it take for them to overcome their bedazzlement and do their jobs?