Oh, that ‘liberal’ media

The Associated Press ran a bizarre “Fact Check” of the President Clinton’s brilliant convention speech.

First, it attacks Clinton’s completely on-target assertion that President Obama had repeatedly tried to cooperate with Republicans in Congress only to be shot down. I was struck by the “evidence” presented by the AP that Clinton had “cherry-picked facts or mischaracterized the opposition” in some of his examples. The article stated:

One of the more high-profile examples of a deal that fell apart was the outline of a proposed “grand bargain” budget agreement between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in 2011.

The deal would have required compromise from both sides. It slashed domestic spending more than most Democrats wanted and would have raised some taxes, which most Republicans oppose.

Boehner couldn’t sell the plan to tea party factions in the House or to other conservative activists. And Obama found himself accused of going too far by some Democratic leaders. The deal died before it ever even came up for a vote.

In other words, Boehner couldn’t get his intransigent caucus to go along with the deal because it wasn’t conservative enough. Democratic leaders feared Obama had given up too much. Sounds to me like Obama was trying hard to find a workable compromise, and the House slapped him down for it. How does that in any way counter what Clinton said? But the AP wasn’t done:

In another instance, Obama appointed a bipartisan group, known as the Simpsons-Bowles Commission, to recommend ways to fix major fiscal problems like Social Security and Medicare. The commission issued its recommendations but fell three votes short of formally endorsing them. And Obama mostly walked away from the report. He later incorporated some of the less contentious proposals from the report into legislation he supported.

But that ensured the tough compromises would not get made.

Oddly, the AP didn’t mention which commission members didn’t vote for the plan, ensuring it would fall short of the super-majority required to pass a formal endorsement: House Republicans, led by no other than Rep. Paul Ryan, now the vice presidential nominee for the Republicans. So, House Republicans refuse to endorse a bipartisan agreement. Obama later incorporated some of the proposals of that report into legislation he supported and that ensured the tough compromises would not get made? Give me a break.

But the AP saves the most bizarre “fact check” for the very end:

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.”

I’m sorry. What?! Seriously? Dragging up Lewinsky in a fact check item that has nothing to do with the scandal that got Clinton impeached by House Republicans (but not convicted by the Senate)? What Clinton said about the Romney campaign was completely accurate. His tear-down of the welfare lie that has continued to dominate the Romney campaign was complete. This incredible non sequitur, especially when combined with the other flaws in the rest of the article completely invalidates this as an independent examination of Clinton’s speech. It could have come directly from the Romney campaign.

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