The recent Obama quote lifted from context to falsely assert that Obama called Americans lazy is just one example of a recent flurry of dishonest quotes being used to paint Obama as anti-American. Now Mitt Romney's campaign has joined in the dishonesty, this time quoting Obama quoting John McCain. The problem is that Romney's campaign ad excised the portion of Obama's sentence that attributes the words to John McCain.
So given that Romney is resorting to this level of dishonesty, would it be right for Obama to go down the same road? I'd rather he didn't. Just keep exposing their crackpottery and moral flimsiness. The Republicans are frittering away every last ounce of dignity and self-respect.
Below, Think Progress gives Romney a dose of his own medicine. This wasn't presented as if it was an honest representation of Romney; it was used to make a point about Romney's dishonest advertising. Ryan Liza also comments on the candidate's dishonesty below the fold.
One of the enormous changes in political journalism over the past decade has been the rise of an aggressive culture of online fact-checking. It started with amateur bloggers but has become professionalized, with full-time fact-checkers like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker column. While any fact-checking regime will be tested by the subjective nature of many political statements, the overall effect has been to strengthen the idea that reporters should be in the business of testing claims for accuracy and finding out the truth, rather than allowing politicians to make outrageous statements as long as they are “balanced” by quotes from their political opponents.
I was reminded of this notion while reading the coverage of Mitt Romney’s first paid advertisement. The ad, now running in New Hampshire, includes video of Barack Obama making an amazing statement: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” Zing! It’s a nice gotcha quote for Romney. One could hardly believe Obama would ever say it. And, in fact, Obama did not say that. He quoted a John McCain adviser saying it in 2008. Here’s the full quote: “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ ” Big difference, huh?
This is one of those cases where a candidate has put out something that is demonstrably false.