Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obama's opponents, could you please get your facts straight for once?

Confusing dates, cherry-picking quotes, or spouting outright lies: thus seems to be what's called "fair game" for anti-Obama opponents these days, as they never seem to get their bloody facts straight. Here's yet another example: Jonathan Weisman from the Wall Street Journal, who can't even get his timeline right:

While Mr. Summers's speech was billed as a prelude to next week's efforts on financial-market regulation, most of it was devoted to defending the administration's aggressive economic policies.

Those policies have seen the government take control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and insurer American International Group Inc.; take large stakes in General Motors and Citigroup; and usher Chrysler into and out of bankruptcy while shifting the balance of power between creditors and unions.

Sure. Except that, unless the space-time continuum has somehow been warped in the past seven months or so – it was under Bush's administration that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AiG were taken over, not Obama's. Fancy fact-checking, there.


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