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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    PolitiFact Is Also On A Pro-Obama Rampage Comment
    Gregory Morris, 9/26/08 9:19:15 am
    First FactCheck jumps the shark, now PolitiFact. The linked article is in relation to Sarah Palin's statement about a woman's human rights:
    "If an Iranian woman shows too much hair in public, she risks being beaten or killed."
    The article goes on to detail how an Iranian woman risks being beaten if she shows too much hair. Sounds kinda like what FactCheck does, eh? They claim Palin's statement is false, using the justification that the Iranian government doesn't actually sanction the beatings. I don't recall her suggesting that Ahmadinejad carries a whip around town just in case he sees some woman's hair.

    When someone SPTimes approves of uses a little bit of hyperbole, they get a "barely true" or "mostly true" rating. But when Gov. Palin makes a statement that, while it might be a slight exaggeration, is indeed true, they call her a liar.

    Of course, they have also gone after the NRA... I'm guessing based on FactCheck's, er, lack of fact checking (plagiarism is bad... stealing information from someone who is wrong? Priceless.) PolitiFact's "Pants on Fire" rating is reserved for statements which have absolutely no truth behind them. Unfortunately, the NRA statements are backed up with evidence, even if they are exaggerated or based on Obama's historical record as opposed to his current statements.

    Regarding the NRA's statement that Obama plans to "Ban use of firearms for home defense," I think that is simply hyperbole. He has voted against a provision that would allow the use of a firearm for home defense in a place where there is an unconstitutional ban on firearms. Of course, that issue will be moot once all of the Chicagoland gun bans are handled in court. But that doesn't change Obama's clear history of being against personal handgun ownership and use. He may not have said "I want to ban all handguns", but he certainly hasn't supported groups fighting such bans. To say that the NRA is lying is, well, a lie.

    The questionnaire issue is also a sticky point. I personally think there is good evidence that he knew or should have known that questionnaire included a checkmark next to a question regarding a grossly unconstitutional ban on the manufacture and possession of handguns. If he didn't know it was there, he could have cleared the air and made a strong statement in support of private ownership of handguns for self defense. He has not yet done this, and as far as I can tell is only waffling on the issue to avoid taking a real stand one way or another. To me, this strongly insinuates, but does not prove, guilt in the matter. Regardless, PolitiFact has no legitimate proof that the NRA lied about anything. All they have is an opinion that differs from their own.


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