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Always Check Your Facts When Reporting. You Won’t Believe Who Forgot This

Posted on January 30, 2014

ABC, NBC and CBS’s morning shows on Wednesday failed to fact check Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. These same networks, however, made time to feature Vice President Joe Biden (who was in full cheerleader mode). It’s not as though fact checks weren’t available. The Washington Post and the Associated Press both produced such critical analysis. During his speech, Obama touted “the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.”

The Post’s Glenn Kessler called this “cherry picking” and noted that “since the start of his presidency, about 3.2 million jobs have been created — and the number of jobs in the economy still is about 1.2 million lower than when the recession began in December 2007.”

On the subject of health insurance, Kessler  featured an Obama assertion and then explained:

“More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.”

Obama carefully does not say these numbers are the result of the Affordable Care Act, but he certainly leaves that impression. But the Medicaid part of this number — 6.3 million from October through December — is very fuzzy and once earned a rating of Three Pinocchios.

The ACA expanded Medicaid to those who earn less than 133 percent of the poverty line — about $15,000 for an individual — to 26 states (and the District) that decided to embrace that element of the law. But no one really knows how many of the 6.3 million are in this expansion pool — or whether they are simply renewing or would have qualified for Medicaid before the new law. Indeed, the number also includes people joining Medicaid in states that chose not accept the expansion.

The private insurance numbers — about 3 million — are also open to question. The troubled federal exchange counts people as enrolled if an individual has selected a plan, but it does not know if a person enrolled and paid a premium because that part of the system has yet to be built.

On the President’s claims about the debt, “our deficits– cut by more than half,” the Post objected:

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7 thoughts on “Always Check Your Facts When Reporting. You Won’t Believe Who Forgot This

  1. CRAZZYFREDDIE says:

    ANY BODY THAT EVEN TNINKS OF BELIEVING THIS FAKE PHONY LYING DECEIVING CORRUPT CROOKED DESTRUCTIVE DISGUSTING TREASONOUS STINKING SICKO NON AMERICAN MUZZIE SHOULD LOOSE THEIR CITIZENSHIP AND GO BACK WITH THE ILLEGAL MUZZIE TO HIS PLACE OF BIRTH >>> KENYA THIS IS TRUE FACTS >>> YOU TRY AND GET HIM TO RELEASE HIS REAL RECORDS . EVERYTHING HE SUBMITTED HAS PROVEN TO BE FALSE AND PHONY . WAKE UP YOU DUMMY WELFARE AMERICANS

  2. DefendConstitution says:

    Freddie, I really wish you could learn to express your feelings better. It is not good for your health to keep things bottled up, you must let it out. LOL Thanks Freddie for saving my time to say pretty much what you said.

  3. hanginjudge says:

    If anyone was expecting the truth from this lying sack of excrement then they haven't been paying attention for the past 5 years.

    Wanna know the "real" state of the union ask the guy on the street. (both literally and figuratively) or the business owner trying to keep his or her people employed.

    I'm not sure if the people realized this but apparently Barack Obama thinks his tenure is a 24-7 unreality show staring him. Has anyone ever seen another president with so much face time? No you haven't this clown thinks that he's so pretty everyone wants to see him all day everyday.

    As soon as his ugly kisser shows up on the TV I switch channels or shut if off, but not until I have cursed at the top of my lungs. Wife isn't too happy about the cursing part, but agrees with my disdain for this corrupt, arrogant, narcissistic fraud.

    I'm not at all religious but if I were to witness this bastard and his legions struck down by lightning in the middle of one of his lying rants.I'd become a true believer in a heartbeat.

  4. They only fact check us. Liberals do not use facts. They don’t know what it is.

  5. He surely knew his "facts" were grossly overstating. The fact is he doesn't much care since those voting for him are more likely to be hoping for a new obamaphone than worrying when he tells an outrageous fib.

  6. knaughtyknight says:

    Barack "Ho Chi Mama" Obama is not "fibbing", he is "lib-bing" !!! Do not bother him with facts, as he might have to remember what he said later. Period !!! kk

  7. knaughtyknight says:

    When "B.S." Obama took the "oath of office", he had his fingers crossed, so he does not have to tell the American people the truth !!! Besides, the American people can not handle "the Truth", as they have not heard it for so long now, it would scare the Hell out of them !!! As Bush told them after 9/11, just go back to "shopping", as the Government will protect you !!! LOL kk