POLITIFACT Goes All In for the Obama Campaign; PropagandaFact is Born
For a long time conservatives have suspected and accused Politifact of bias against the right, but with Paul Ryan’s speech, they’ve come out obviously as a propaganda wing of the Obama campaign. The manner in which they lie is so blatant and shameless it should be clear to anyone with a modicum [or emoticon if you’re MeggiMac] of critical reading.
They rate Paul Ryan’s statement “false” that Obama lied about his promise to a GM plant’s workers that under his policies, it would stay open.
Here is Obama’s actual statement from the speech he gave at the Janesville plant:
“And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your president.”
I’ve added emphasis to the quote from the original Politifact article. This is their flaccid reasoning for calling Ryan’s accusation false:
That’s a statement of belief that, with government help, the Janesville plant could remain open — but not a promise to keep it open.
…the article reported that Obama, who later provided an $80 billion auto bailout, had pledged to help keep the Janesville plant and others like it “viable.” That’s not quite the same thing as pledging keep the Janesville plant open. We find nothing in the article that he explicitly promised to keep it open.
1) Obama makes NO USE of the word “viable” – this is simply conjured up by his surrogates at Politifact to excuse his broken promise.
2) Paul Ryan’s point was not to blame Obama for the closing of the plant – it’s to point out the broken promises he made, disguised beneath his soaring rhetoric.
Here’s the statement from Paul Ryan’s speech:
A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.
These are merely facts, and the thrust of Ryan’s argument is not in any way dependent on the date of the plant’s closing.
3) Ryan’s point is that Obama promised a recovery, and even when his plan went through, his personal word that he made to the workers of that GM plant was empty and unfulfilled.
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One last thing to take note of. This has been a long time in coming – the attempt to validate the authority of Politifact has been made exactly for when they can do the most damage with a lying headline that will be mindlessly repeated and believed.
The fact that they saw Paul Ryan’s speech as such a threat that they would unveil their propagandist agenda so bare shows what a powerful leader he will be in the future…
Read more from Twitchy, which further shows that the GM plant closed completely during Obama’s term.
The Washington Examiner also points out the GM plant to this day is still on “standby” mode.
— el SOOPer (@SooperMexican) August 30, 2012