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Desperate Times: McCain using spliced and edited youtube video of Obama to lie to voters

Posted in Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

From Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio:

In 2001, Chicago Public Radio interviewed then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama about civil rights.  Over the weekend, someone posted excerpts of the interview, edited to misrepresent Obama’s statements.  The item is now catching national attention.

Click here for Obama’s full interviews.

The clips are taken from an interview that aired in January of 2001. Then State Senator Obama is one of three legal scholars interviewed for a show about civil rights. Over the weekend, someone pulled excerpts of the show and posted them to You Tube—and today, the posting caught fire on political blogs, the Drudge Report, and Fox News.

The 4 minute spliced collection of clips portrays Obama as advocate a redistribution of wealth through the power of the Supreme Court. That folds in with some allegations by the McCain Palin campaign.

The twist here is that, when heard in the context of the whole show, Obama’s position is distinctly misrepresented by the You Tube posting. Taken in context, Obama is evaluating the historical successes and failures of the Civil Rights movement—and, ironically, he says the Supreme Court was a failure in cases that it took on a role of redistributing resources.

The McCain campaign told ABC News it plans to use the material to bolster its criticism of Obama.

 

Note: WaPo fact checker debunked this almost immediately.  This just goes to show how little substance the McCain campaign is working with at this point.  Instead of focusing on the issues that are important to us he has focused solely on the old warn out politics of negativity and fear.

Fact Check: McCain Lying About Obama’s 2001 Interview

Posted in Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Update:  It has just been brought to light by the radio station in which the interview below took place, that the audio has been spliced and edited.  They have released the full audio here.

From the WaPo Fact Checker:

The Facts

“Obama Bombshell Audio Uncovered. He wants to Radically Reinterpret the Constitution to Redistribute Wealth!!” runs the YouTube headline from the conservative video blog Naked Emperor News. “This video exposes the radical beneath the rhetoric.”

On closer inspection, the “bombshell audio” turns out to be a rather wonkish, somewhat impenetrable, discussion of the Supreme Court under Earl Warren. Obama, then a University of Chicago law professor and Illinois state senator, argued that the courts have traditionally been reluctant to get involved in income distribution questions. He suggested that the civil rights movement had made a mistake in expecting too much from the courts — and that such issues were better decided by the legislative branch of government.

You can read the entire transcript of the interview here, courtesy of Fox News, but here is the passage in which Obama explains that courts are “not very good” at redistributing wealth:

Maybe I am showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor, but you know I am not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know the institution just isn’t structured that way…. Any of the three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts. I think that, as a practical matter, that our institutions are just poorly equipped to do it.

In other words, Obama says pretty much the opposite of what the McCain camp says he said. Contrary to the spin put on his remarks by McCain economics adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, he does not express “regret” that the Supreme Court has not been more “radical.” Nor does he describe the Court’s refusal to take up economic redistribution questions as a “tragedy.” He uses the word “tragedy” to refer not to the Supreme Court, but to the civil rights movement:

One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think, there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.

Holtz-Eakin “read a different interview to the one I heard,” said Dennis Hutchinson, a University of Chicago law professor who joined Obama in the panel discussion. “Obama said that redistribution of wealth issues need to be decided by legislatures, not by the courts. That is what a progressive income tax is all about.”

While there are sharp differences between the two candidates on economic issues, they both favor a progressive income tax system in which people with high incomes are taxed at a higher rate than people with low incomes.

The Pinocchio Test

With very few exceptions, all American politicians, including both presidential candidates, are in favor of a progressive income tax system and welfare policies (such as Medicare and Social Security) that “redistribute wealth.” Barack Obama is more enthusiastic about “spreading the wealth around” than his Republican rival. But that does not make him a “Socialist.” The McCain camp is wrong to suggest that the Illinois senator advocated an “wealth redistribution” role for the Supreme Court in his 2001 interview.


Caught Lying From The Get Go…

Posted in Outright Lies, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , on September 26, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

From TJR:

There are several other lies/misspeaks to be address and the videos have already started hitting youtube.  Perhaps the most obvious was John McCain refusing to admit that Henry Kissinger called for unconditional negotiations with Iran.  

Update:

John McCain also brought up his line about government spending 3 million dollars on the testing Bears DNA in Montana.  The funny thing is that factcheck.org has pointed out that he actually voted for the very bill (h.j.res.2) that this funding was included in. 

Update:

John McCain is Mrs. Congeniality

 

I’ll have more later…

McCain Caught Lying About Stance On Northern Ireland Peace Process

Posted in Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

From Democracy Arsenal:

McCain was against US involvement in Northern Ireland peace process 

Posted by Max Bergmann

John McCain was in Scranton today (apparently Scranton is the epicenter of the political universe these days) claiming to have been a long supporter of U.S. involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process – which just happens to be completely untrue.

I am not sure if John McCain just can’t remember his positions in the 90s or if he is deliberately misleading people. He also took a swipe at Barack O’bama. Here is what John McCain said today:

 

If I am elected President, I will continue America’s leadership role. I am committed, as I know the American people are committed, to furthering the bonds of cooperation that have been forged in Northern Ireland’s peace process. As a demonstration of that commitment, I will continue the practice, begun by President Clinton, of appointing a U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. I know Senator Obama has questioned whether that appointment is needed. I would urge him to reconsider. If I am elected president, I assure you that there will be no weakening in America’s commitment to peace in Northern Ireland. I’ll maintain the special U.S. envoy for Northern Ireland, and I will welcome peacemakers to the White House.

First of all McCain widely criticized Clinton’s involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s. McCain called Clinton a “romantic” and called U.S. involvement “mistaken” and driven by the Irish-American lobby. In 1996, McCain wrote in Foreign Policy Magazine:

“Motivated by romantic, anachronistic notions of Irish republicanism, some prominent Irish-Americans persuaded the president (over the objection of the State Department) to jump headfirst into the Northern Ireland problem, severely straining our relations with London…[through our] mistaken involvement in the Northern Ireland problem, President Clinton has deepened the risk to his credibility and further damaged relations with our British allies.” [Foreign Policy, Summer 1996]

Not exactly a shinning endorsement of the peace process is it. It also once again shows McCain’s poor judgment and complete lack of understanding of how peace is made. McCain was also opposed to giving Gerry Adams a visa to come to the United States. But establishing trust with both Catholics and Protestants was crucial to asserting our neutrality and enhanced our ability to arbitrate the dispute and eventually help lay the ground work for peace. McCain was against that.

Secondly, McCain’s attack on Obama is ridiculous. It is probably unnecessary to maintain a special envoy after the peace process has finalized and a joint power-sharing Protestant-Catholic government has now taken hold. I am not sure if Barack Obama has taken a position on this – this position seems like something that should just gradually shrink away. But the fact that McCain would attack Obama on the peace process after oppossing it throughout the 90s is completely hypocritical. If McCain is going to pander he should at least do it on areas where he has a leg to stand on.

Congressman Richard Neal sums it up best:

“By contrast, John McCain has spent years ridiculing and minimizing U.S. efforts to help resolve the Troubles. In an article in Foreign Affairs, he said President Bill Clinton’s efforts were “romantic” and accused him of undertaking his tireless work for peace in order to curry favor with Irish Americans. He criticized the decision to grant Gerry Adams a visa, a development now considered crucial to the success of the peace process. He claimed our role in Northern Ireland was severely damaging our relationship with Great Britain. Yet in a speech before Congress in 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair publicly thanked America for its support of the peace process. Quite simply, in the long march towards peace and stability in Northern Ireland, John McCain has been on the wrong side of history every step of the way.”

FactCheck.Org: Another Lie From John McCain

Posted in Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

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Guilt and Associations

September 23, 2008
McCain once again tries to tar Obama with the controversies of others.
Summary
A McCain-Palin ad says that Obama was “born of the corrupt Chicago political machine” and implies that the candidate himself is corrupt by association with four local political figures. But the ad’s implication and many of its supporting details are false. In fact, this is a particularly egregious example of ricochet sliming:
      

  • William Daley, the first figure mentioned in the ad, is indeed related to the other famous Chicago Daleys, but he’s never been accused of any wrongdoing. And the former commerce secretary isn’t Obama’s only economic adviser, as the ad implies.      

  • Emil Jones, Illinois state Senate leader, may indeed have been Obama’s “political godfather.” But he, too, hasn’t been charged with or even seriously accused of misdeeds despite the ad’s claim of an “ethical cloud.”      

  • Obama did have a past relationship with real estate developer Tony Rezko, but he is no longer Obama’s “money man.” Obama hasn’t been associated with him since his indictment for wire fraud, bribery, money laundering and attempted extortion, and Obama donated all of the disgraced businessman’sprevious campaign contributions to charity.
  • Rod Blagojevich has been touched by plenty of scandal but his relationship with Obama doesn’t extend much beyond being “his governor.” In fact, Obama has worked on ethics legislation triggered by some of the Blagojevich‘s questionable moves. 

Most important, the ad offers no evidence of wrongdoing by Obama himself in connection with any of these relationships, however close or distant.

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Ike’s Gone…So Is McCain’s Character

Posted in Character, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

I’m back online! Sorry McCain campaign and all of your supporters who end up here as they frantically search blog after blog trying to find justification for supporting such a flawed candidate.  Not even hurricane Ike can keep me from exposing John McCain’s daily lies, out of touch comments, and blatant flip flops.  Hahaha…If I only took myself that seriously.  Anyway, we were able to make it through the storm with hardly any damage at all and power restored after only a few days.

I am glad to see that the media is getting fed up with the McCain campaigns non-stop lies.  I mean I loose power for a couple of days only to find FOX Noise calling McCain out…Wow!

And then there’s what Kevin Drum calls the”Enough” club; Columnists who have always taken a Pro McCain stance finally saying enough is enough.  Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly points out the following:

“Here’s the question voters should be asking themselves this week: Just how stupid does the McCain-Palin campaign think I am? The answer: Dumb enough to hoodwink with charges so contrived and cynical they make your teeth ache…. The McCain campaign has shown it’s ready and willing to say preposterous things to win.”

The Boston Globe’s Scot Lehigh

These are old tricks we’ve been seeing in local elections for years. Distort. Twist. Deceive. Damage. And the winning candidate drags a load of public contempt into office. I had hoped for better from McCain…. John McCain may win the presidency this way, but he will lose the respect he has acquired over the years.”

The Kansas City Star’s Barb Shelly

“The volume and audacity of lies pouring from the McCain campaign is startling and even historic…That’s really something, lying straight out about a FactCheck group, knowing that you’re going to get caught but not giving a damn about it. With stuff like this, the McCain camp has cut any remaining tethers to reality and integrity and is now floating wherever the winds of illusion and whimsy may take them. It’s quite remarkable, and quite insulting to the intelligence of the American people.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Jay Bookman

“You once said you’d rather lose an election than lose a war. Is it worth winning an election if it means forfeiting your soul on the altar of political expediency? How does a man survive five years in a Vietnamese dungeon only to allow himself to be turned into a cynical marionette by the nihilistic disciples of Karl Rove?”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman

“Politicians are not saints, and campaigns are not conducted under oath. We all expect a certain amount of deceit from people running for office, in the form of fudging, distortion, exaggeration and omission. But the McCain campaign’s approach, as the “lipstick on a pig” episode illustrates, is of an entirely different scale and character. It is to normal political attacks what Hurricane Ike is to a drive-through carwash.”

Chicago Tribune’s Steve Chapman

 “Karl Marx got one thing right — what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.”

The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen

Update:

The Dallas Morning News, “Fact check: McCain on Palin and earmarks”
Bloomberg, “McCain-Palin Crowd-Size Estimates Not Backed by Officials”
Washington Post, “McCain Wraps Distortions Around One Truth”
New York Times“McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions”
Seattle Times, “McCain Lambasted for Inaccuracies”
Los Angeles Times, “McCain Wrong on Palin Earmarks”
San Francisco Chronicle“Lies, Half-truths and Contradictions: McCain On The View”

From CNN:

Another Loss: The Latest In John McCain’s Battle With Independent Fact Checkers

Posted in Character, Outright Lies, Read for Yourself with tags , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Jed Lewison points out this bit from factcheck.org regarding John McCain’s latest ad: 

“misleading”

“this ad is particularly egregious”

“goes down new paths of deception”

“carefully added language to alter the meaning” 

“no one said anything close to that” 

“takes words out of context”

“distorts”

                   9/12/2008

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