Why not just make up shit to insinuate that Obama is asleep at the wheel on terrorism (where his four-year record makes Cheney’s eight years look pathetic)? David Karpf sighs:
Take a look at the latest “fact check” post by Glenn Kessler. Washington Post opinion columnist Marc Thiessen commissioned a study by his business partners at the conservative Government Accountability Institute. They then made up the statistic for him that President Obama has “skipped half of his intelligence briefings.” Thiessen put it in his column, failing to disclose the relationship. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPAC then featured this in their newest ad, citing “Marc Thiessen, Washington Post” as a third-party validator of the “fact.”
Kessler the fact-checker looks into the claim and finds no evidence for it — it’s based on the number of days that Obama, after reading his daily briefing, asks for an in-person follow-up. There are no “skipped meetings.” Nonetheless, Thiessen gets to respond with his own bogus messaging on the Washington Post‘s opinion pages, likely spurring the right wing message machine further.
Pareene points out that Thiessen is a repeat offender. Will Sommer is amused by the Pinocchios arms race. I remain staggered that someone who is such a partisan operator, poisonous propagandist and supporter of war crimes (if America commits them) was rewarded in the Washington village with a sinecure at the WaPo. The man justifying Cheneyism – the most disastrous period in US foreign policy since Vietnam – gets a step up the Washington media ladder, which, happily, now leads nowhere and increasingly means nothing.