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"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

09/19/2008 (5:11 pm)

The New Fact-Checking Gold Standard

The campaign for President shows signs of turning into a real slugfest, as Obama’s minions attempt to tag every new McCain ad as a “lie.” Now, I’m used to leftists using creative definitions of “lie” from time to time; I remember back to 2000 viewing a web site called “Bushlies.com” that accused then-candidate Bush of lying in that he’d changed his position on abortion within a 20-year period, among other laughers.

Today, though, we get a new Gold Standard of Fact-Checking:

The Washington Post is calling McCain a liar for believing their news reports.

Yes, you heard me right. I would not have believed it if I had not read it myself.

The McCain campaign produced a pair of ads tying Obama to former heads of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines and James Johnson (you can see the ads below. They’re good.) The WaPo factcheck folks objected to the Raines ad, noting that the claim that Raines “advises [Obama] on mortgage and housing policy” was stretching the truth. In order to make their case, though, they had to debunk their own news articles that had reported precisely that. The report amounted to the Washington Post fact-checking its own reporting and deciding, 2 months after publication, that they had overstated the truth. And for this, they called John McCain a liar.

Un. Freaking. Believable.

Never mind Obama. Will the press have any credibility left when this campaign season is over?

It’s not just a fact, it’s an important one. I’ve already noted here the cozy relationship between leading Democrats in Washington and the executives at Fannie Mae who padded their own pockets while defrauding investors. Obama has embraced two former heads of Fannie Mae, signaling that he intends more of the same relationship. Here are the ads, which are factual in every reasonable manner:

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air and Byron York at The Corner for bird-dogging the story.

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September 20, 2008 @ 9:40 pm #

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December 14, 2008 @ 7:27 am #

[...] saw something similar, but not quite as far gone, when the Washington Post attempted to fact-check their own story after the fact and refute it in order to call John McCain a liar. That was bad enough, but at least they did not attempt to [...]

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