FactCheck.org, which had labeled a new Obama campaign ad calling Mitt Romney a “pioneer in outsourcing” as “untrue” and “thinly supported,” defended itself against criticism from the Obama campaign by saying that they are “all wet” when it comes to their outsourcing claims against Romney.
The ad in question was based on a June 21 story on Bain Capital that appeared on The Washington Post website and subsequent print editions, and which focused on job creation by the firm that Romney once led.
It didn’t take long after the article appeared for the Obama campaign to launch an ad criticizing Romney for sending jobs to other countries, while Obama was called an “insourcer.”
But when FactCheck.org rained on their parade, Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter fired off a six-page letter to the site not only defending the ad but asking for whatever “corrections, clarifications or revisions are appropriate.”
FactCheck.org responded by reiterating their original findings and stating that the Obama campaign is “all wet.”
And after reviewing evidence cited by the Obama campaign, we reaffirm our conclusion that Romney left the helm of Bain Capital when he took a leave of absence in 1999 to run the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics – as he has said repeatedly — and never returned to active management. The Obama campaign’s recent ads thus mislead when they point to investments made by Bain, as well as management decisions made by companies in which Bain invested, after that time.
The Obama campaign’s objections are contained in a six-page letter sent to us (and — without notice to us — to other news organizations as well). It cobbles together selective news snippets and irrelevant securities documents in an attempt to show that Romney was still running Bain Capital on a part-time basis while he was also running the Olympics committee.
In a nutshell, the Obama campaign is all wet on this point.
But FactCheck.org wasn’t the only one taking issue with the Obama ad. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler said that the Obama campaign had misinterpreted the Post article.
Cutter didn’t send Kessler a similar letter, presumably because he didn’t officially rate the ad, even though he found it to be less than accurate.
Maybe next time they will actually read the story before jumping to conclusions, but that would require honesty and integrity which are in short supply in the Obama camp.
Don Irvine is the chairman of Accuracy in Media and its sister organization Accuracy in Academia. As the son of Reed Irvine, who launched AIM in 1969, he developed an understanding of media bias at an early age, and has been actively involved with AIM for over 30 years.
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