And in other news, pigs flew

posted at 10:40 am on September 26, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

A major media outlet slammed Barack Obama today for misleading and untruthful advertising.  Was it Fox?  ABC?  The Washington Post?  Not in this case, at least.  The New York Times, which has come under fire for a series of slanted and misleading attacks on John McCain themselves, scolds Obama for misrepresenting McCain’s positions on a number of issues:

Mr. Obama began his own run of advertisements on radio and television that have matched the dubious nature of Mr. McCain’s more questionable spots.

A radio advertisement running in Wisconsin and other contested states misleadingly reports that Mr. McCain “has stood in the way of” federal financing for stem cell research; Mr. McCain did once oppose such federally supported research but broke with President Bush to consistently support it starting in 2001 (his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, does not support it).

A commercial running here on Thursday morning highlighting Mr. McCain’s votes against incentives for alternative energy misleadingly asserts he supports tax breaks for “one source of energy: oil companies.” Mr. McCain’s proposed corporate tax break would cover all companies, including those developing new sources of power.

A new television advertisement playing in areas with high concentrations of elderly voters and emphasizing Mr. McCain’s support for President Bush’s failed plan for private Social Security accounts misleadingly implies Mr. McCain supported “cutting benefits in half” — an analysis of Mr. Bush’s plan that would have applied to upper-income Americans retiring in the year 2075.

A much criticized Spanish-language television advertisement wrongly links the views of Mr. McCain, who was a champion of the sweeping immigration overhaul pushed by Mr. Bush, to those of Rush Limbaugh, a harsh critic of the approach, and, frequently, of Mr. McCain.

Jim Rutenberg and Julie Bosman find five egregious claims by Team Obama.  That’s five more than anyone would have expected from the Gray Lady, and all the more interesting because of Rutenberg’s reporting.  Rutenberg was the lead reporter on the execrable Vicki Iseman story in February, when the Times attempted to claim that McCain had a romantic fling with a lobbyist on the basis of nothing more than unsubstantiated gossip from two disgruntled former staffers.

Obama’s campaign has wallowed in victimhood over supposedly misleading advertising, but their Exhibit A is flat-out wrong.  They claimed that the bill Obama supported in Illinois to teach sex education to kindergartners was only to make them aware of sexual predators, but the bill itself and its co-sponsors both render that claim inaccurate.  Instead of making a case for age-appropriate sexual education in kindergarten, which is what the bill required and Obama supported, he decided to lie about it and accuse McCain of dishonesty.

Rutenberg and Bosman get this wrong.  They continue the claim that McCain “wrongly asserted” that Obama’s bill supported comprehensive sex education for kindergartners, which it did by any fair reading of the bill.  I suppose it’s too much to ask for the Times to revisit its previous reporting with some actual research, as Byron York did at the National Review, or even to just use York’s work as a shortcut for their own research rather than lazily rely on Obama’s claims about the ad.  We should at least be grateful that they’re willing to report when Obama lies in his own advertising.

Maybe at some point, they’ll stop waiting for the opposing sides to complain and actually do their own work.  They can start by putting as many resources into Chicago to investigate Obama as they have in Wasilla to investigate Sarah Palin.


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Is this a frontpage story like the Rick Davis nonsense? It’s probably buried.

lodge on September 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM

EMBRYONIC.

The Monster on September 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM

There is no basis for the statement that McCain or Palin has ever opposed “stem cell research” without the missing word EMBRYONIC.

The Monster on September 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Too bad now other MSM outlet will report what NYT had to say…

jbh45 on September 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

The Grey Lady refuses to go down, figuratively speaking?

AubieJon on September 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Rutenberg and Bosman get this wrong. They continue the claim that McCain “wrongly asserted” that Obama’s bill supported comprehensive sex education for kindergartners, which it did by any fair reading of the bill.

You forgot that they use a “living document” interpretation for their analyses of any written material. To libs, nothing is as it is written.

progressoverpeace on September 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM

This reminds me of Code Pink stalking Nancy Pelosi’s house.

They’re libs, they believe they put Obama where he is today, and they want to remind him to do things their way.

saint kansas on September 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Perhaps the New York Times has discovered that trying to cover up Obama’s missteps, lies and indiscretions is like stepping on an anthill . . . the ants just keep shooting out from under your shoes.

rplat on September 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

They buried it during the financial meltdown – on a friday.

marklmail on September 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Yeah…they put it out on a Friday when nobody is watching and with events going on that will totally drown it out. Now they can claim they’re fair and balanced.

John Doe on September 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

One hopes that the banking panic is causing at least some MSM types to think twice about messiah as president …

… well, one can always hope.

gh on September 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

The picture of the puppet and his puppet master on the opening page is intriging. Obama might be the biggest scam ever pulled on the American people. The saddest part is half of the country don’t have a clue because of racial hate and class envy. Without that, the democrats could not exist.

volsense on September 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

NYT has cried “villain” so many times that no one believes them anymore. So if they tell the truth, who will notice?

Doug on September 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Hard to get excited about anything today….I’m still sick from watching that Palin/Couric interview and I hear there’s more to come.

John Doe on September 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

They can start by putting as many resources into Chicago to investigate Obama as they have in Wasilla to investigate Sarah Palin.

They can. But they won’t.

Gilda on September 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

So is the Obama campaign going to send the NYTimes a cease & desist letter with a threat of litigation, like they did to stations airing the NRA ads?

rbj on September 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Ed,

Is it a response to McCain’s LEADERSHIP in calling out the NYT for its biases?

Sometimes, a bit of “whining” works.

originalpechanga on September 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Good time to run it, while we are diverted to the economic crisis.
Meanwhile the headlines will read…McCain blocking bill…

right2bright on September 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Which part of the Constitution allows the Feds make me work for stem cell researchers? I know Article X forbids it unless it is specifically mentioned.

PS. Number of treatments made with embryonic stem cell research so far = Zero

DavidM on September 26, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Investigate Obama,ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh thats brilliant!

Better yet,wink,wink,it would be a shame if a rumour
was started that the Feds where already poking around
in Chicago!a hem!

canopfor on September 26, 2008 at 10:52 AM

That screen cap is amazing. BO is the puppet and Mayor Daily looks like the puppeteer. Art imitates life.

bloggless on September 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

The day the world stood still….

patrick neid on September 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

I have a feeling that Mac won’t set a pack of legal attack dogs to threaten the stations which air these ads as Odummy does.

http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/2008/09/25/obama-silencing-voice-of-gun-owners/

Bishop on September 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Just wait until McCain tries to use this in an ad. The NYT will disavow its own reporting in a heartbeat.

DrSteve on September 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

that have matched the dubious nature of Mr. McCain’s more questionable spots.

Just had to get their swipe in, didn’t they?

TooTall on September 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

The picture of the puppet and his puppet master on the opening page is intriging. Obama might be the biggest scam ever pulled on the American people. The saddest part is half of the country don’t have a clue because of racial hate and class envy. Without that, the democrats could not exist.

volsense on September 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

You beat me to it! The puppeteer looks kinda mad, though. A good puppeteer never lets the audience see him.

bloggless on September 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Gee, I wonder if this means the NYT will endorse McCain?

Del Dolemonte on September 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

I am not sure whether or not the word embryonic needs to be included in the claim that McCain and Palin are against stem cell research. My quick searches did not lead to anything that supported the assertion that he is against stem cell research at all. He even asked Bush to approve funding in 2004.

I think it is important for people to know that embryonic stem cells are not the only stem cells available for study! There are multiple other sources (umbilical cord, tissues from adults) that are being utilized. Just because someone doesn’t support EMBRYONIC stem cell research does not mean they do not support stem cell research in general.

Dr. Conservative on September 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

One article is hardly a trend. Besides, no one reads the NYT anymore.

Cindy Munford on September 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

There is no basis for the statement that McCain or Palin has ever opposed “stem cell research” without the missing word EMBRYONIC.

The Monster on September 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Honesty is not a requirement for a liberal.

geckomon on September 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

There is no basis for the statement that McCain or Palin has ever opposed “stem cell research” without the missing word EMBRYONIC.

The Monster on September 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

This is the very same problem here in WA. Gregoire is running ads claiming Rossi oppose stem cell research, conveniently omitting the crucial adjective. Not to mention she has done nothing – absolutely nothing – to further stem cell research of any kind in her four years in office.

fourstringfuror on September 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Even a broken clock gets it right twice/day, right?

petefrt on September 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

OT: Reid lying again right now in his presser about McCain. But I guess that’s not really news.

Cecil

Cecil on September 26, 2008 at 10:59 AM

A story critical of The One? Obviously, heads are going to roll at the New York Times.

Cicero43 on September 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Gee,

Thanks for finally posting something critical of Obama.

HotAir is becoming such an anti-Palin site that I was beginning to think it had gone over to the Obama camp. And of course the links to the anti-Palin articles go straight to them, so no chance for comments.

JeffersonFan on September 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Too bad no other MSM outlets will report on what NYT has to say…

jbh45 on September 26, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Dr. Conservative on September 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

The second half of your comment (with all due respect, I think contradicts the first half) illustrates why “embryonic” should be used to clarify or even differentiate. There is a distinction between embryonic stem cells and other stem cells that the radio ad fails to mention. A major distinction at that.

Besides, McCain supports embryonic research [AP article & anlysis from the Chicago Tribune on the radio ad], while Palin opposes embryonic stem cell research.

geckomon on September 26, 2008 at 11:06 AM

NYT : never mind. What’s their stock price? Poor Pinch, he’s got to start drinking Jim Beam like the rest of us. Ignore this drivel – it is meaningless.

Fuquay Steve on September 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

On a Friday. On a day when the news cycle is completely dominated with the mouth.

Gift horse in the mouth and all that, but I’m a little underwhelmed.

Citizen Duck on September 26, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Doh, that should have read:

“On a Friday. On a day when the news cycle is completely dominated with the bailout.”

That’s what you get for talking and typing at the same time :P

Citizen Duck on September 26, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Maybe that wasn’t a guy that flew over the English Channel.

CFL on September 26, 2008 at 11:11 AM

geckomon on September 26, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Sorry about the confusion. I think you did a much better job than I in getting the point across. I was trying to say that there was no distinction made (in the ads or otherwise) as to what type of stem cell research (embryonic vs non-embryonic) McCain and/or Palin opposes. It is a very important distinction as those that oppose embryonic stem cell research do not necessarily oppose all stem cell research.

Hopefully that was a little more clear :)

Dr. Conservative on September 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Was it stuck in the “Funnies” Section ?

defendfaithandfamily on September 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

This is the story The New York Slimes will point to for decades to come to prove they are not biased in favor of the Democrats. Its a token story, don’t expect another one like anytime soon.

The New York Times in spite of this story consists of a large staff of commies that love undermining The Republic, never forget that.

Maxx on September 26, 2008 at 11:14 AM

There’s been an onslaught of Obama campaign ads here in Pennsylvania. Normally I mute the TV or change the channel as soon as I see Obama spewing his garbage. Last night I actually took the time to listen to his message.

It was one whopper of a lie after another, directed at McCain. I felt like I was watching Olbermann on Countdown.

Just flat out lies, that the sheeple will gobble up without giving the message any scrutiny or thought. Sickening.

fogw on September 26, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Hopefully that was a little more clear :)

Dr. Conservative on September 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Roger!

geckomon on September 26, 2008 at 11:29 AM

And it’s GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF EMBRYONIC Stem Cell research. Which I agree with, as long as RvW is law, we can’t stop the ESC research, but we sure as hell don’t have to fund it.

billhedrick on September 26, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Democrats are EmbryMoronic

kirkill on September 26, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Wouldn’t it more more accurate to say that Obama wanted kindergartners to have age-appropriate education on AIDS and condom use?

JohnJ on September 26, 2008 at 12:33 PM

NYT has cried “villain” so many times that no one believes them anymore. So if they tell the truth, who will notice?

Same point I made a few days ago – the media has debased the profession of journalism so badly over the past 8 years with their incessant propagandizing for Democrats and vitriolic smearing of Bush, it would now be almost impossible for an honest hournalist (if we were generous and assumed that one might conceivably exist) to make a living in the field!

The profession of journalism has entered into a suicide pact with their lovers in the political left, and it is about to be consummated.

drunyan8315 on September 26, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Wouldn’t it more more accurate to say that Obama wanted kindergartners to have age-appropriate education on AIDS and condom use?

JohnJ on September 26, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Fine, but what he described as the bill was not the in the language of the bill or the spirit of the specifics. The facts of the bill and the rhetoric of support for the bill contradicted Obama’s explanation of why he supported it.

Of course to him, only he gets it.

geckomon on September 26, 2008 at 12:52 PM

I’m still not seeing anything about Obama’s disgraceful ad about McCain’s staff (it says Charlie Black and Rick Davis are lobbying, which they aren’t, and says Davis lobbied for companies that took jobs overseas, which he didn’t, and shows Nancy Pfotenhauer’s photo as a lobbyist, which she isn’t), or the one about the Corning plant that Corning has asked them to take down. Both of these ads are on heavy rotation in Philadelphia.

The Times also neglects to mention that Arlen Specter has denounced the Obama radio ad on stem cell research, and Specter is the absolute authority on that issue.

rockmom on September 26, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Political reporters have expected spoon feeding from candidates, elected officials and agencies for years. The only new development is that they now claim they have a right to the pablum and are demanding shield laws for protection when they print the slanders that are fed to them by anonymous insiders.

JM Hanes on September 26, 2008 at 12:58 PM

NYT can expect Robert Bauer to sue, right?

Speakup on September 26, 2008 at 1:20 PM

AubieJon on September 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

It seems more like they cannot stop going down and have no idea why they have a bad taste in their mouth.

jdkchem on September 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Ed, you need to reread the sex-ed bill. You are not addressing the clause that mandates “age appropriate” sex ed.

Al in St. Lou on September 26, 2008 at 1:52 PM

I’ve read more carefully, and I see you’re contradicting yourself. If the bill called for “age appropriate” education, then it did not call for teaching everything to kindergartners, which is what people hear when they’re told Obama was for “comprehensive sex education for kindergartners.” I thought word games were for the left-wingers.

Al in St. Lou on September 26, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Embryonic stem cell research is becoming my most hated lie of the left. As stated in this thread, the gov of WA is omitting the ”embryonic’ part in her dishonest ads. Back in Michael Steele’s senate race the same thing happened to him. I think the Michael J Fox ads may have run in MD that cycle. Liberal lies dont surprise me, but this one is so amazingly bold it pisses me off really bad. It’s easy to explain to people how it’s a lie and that embryonic research shows no real promise, but I can’t run tv ads explaining that like the lying campaigns and their media enablers can.

Btw, O/T, but rockmom I really like your posts. I’m probably not the only one on here who wishes you would consolidate some of your comments in your own blog.

hump1201 on September 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Maybe they were shamed into it.

Terrye on September 26, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Terrye

nah. They’d have to have shame first.

29Victor on September 26, 2008 at 5:41 PM

NYT “reasoning” [sic]:

YOU SEE!? Since YOU CAN’T PROVE we’re lying 100% of the time…WE’RE TELLING THE TRUTH!!!

/sarc

Lockstein13 on September 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Perhaps the New York Times has discovered that trying to cover up Obama’s missteps, lies and indiscretions is like stepping on an anthill . . . the ants just keep shooting out from under your shoes.

rplat on September 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

or crawl up your leg – maybe that’s where they get that “tingle”. :)

IrishEyes on September 26, 2008 at 8:32 PM