Thursday, September 06, 2012

Fact-checking Mr Clinton

The Associated Press hilariously did one of its "fact-checking" riffs on former President Clinton's riff on fact-checking:

CLINTON: "Their campaign pollster said, 'We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.' Now that is true. I couldn't have said it better myself--I just hope you remember that every time you see the ad."
THE FACTS: Clinton, who famously finger-wagged a denial on national television about his sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky and was subsequently impeached in the House on a perjury charge, has had his own uncomfortable moments over telling the truth. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," Clinton told television viewers. Later, after he was forced to testify to a grand jury, Clinton said his statements were "legally accurate" but also allowed that he "misled people, including even my wife."
Isn't that perfect?  In the process of checking the facts, AP in fact does an ad hominem slur on the speaker  (who of course was slurring Mr Romney) instead of addressing what Mr Clinton actually said. Fact-checking has finally showed itself for what Republicans have long suspected it is, a sly way for journalists to defame people.

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