Shocking! AP Writer Does Fact Check on Obama’s TV Infomercial! (UPDATE 1X)

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I nearly fell over when I saw it…a piece by AP writer Calvin Woodward which took on Obama’s ode to himself last night.  I’m wondering if it will be showing up in newspapers like my local rag, the Las-Cruces Sun News which usually is full of AP stories, edited to make Obama look good…I bet they pass on this one.

Obama’s Prime-Time Ad Skips Over Budget Realities

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.Obama’s assertion that “I’ve offered spending cuts above and beyond” the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by “eliminating programs that don’t work” masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are—beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

A sampling of what voters heard in the ad, and what he didn’t tell them:

THE SPIN: “That’s why my health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.”

THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it’s not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.

And it goes on from there to hit Obama’s statement that  “every American has a right to affordable healthcare;” his claiim about spending cuts to offset spending; and his tax plan.

The format of the piece is simple and easy to follow:  THE SPIN followed by THE FACTS.

Almost like a REAL analysis, instead of the typical thing we see these days with little words inserted to subtly editorialize about a subject.  This piece has none of that cutesy crap going on.

Be still my heart. Just facts.

I think I need my smelling salts…


UPDATE Thursday AM

Yup, as predicted, no analysis piece from the AP in the paper today!  Page 2 headline on the infomercial and how McCain is ‘on the attack.”    OOOOH, bad McCain!! The story has no real substance, just political back and forth with a mention of the Clintons.

Page 1–homage to Sen. Bingaman who will now be the “Sr.” member of Congress from NM…Oh, BOY!  A breif story on Sen. Kyl (AZ) talking to some business people in a last push for McCain (a “small crowd”  — no mention of size).  Also a disclaimer about the OBAMA WINS front page of the New Mexico Sun News, no relationship to the local rag (Las Cruces Sun-News).  Gotta get that OBAMA face in there somehow today…

14 Responses

  1. Amazing isn’t it how shocked we are to see “actual” reporting and fact-checking? Just goes to show how far the media has fallen.

    Obama did one 30 minute “infomercial” and a long series of “infomercials” from the beginning of his campaign.

    Media has done one long 24/7 Obama Love-fest from the gitgo. Fact checking? Information sharing? Informing the public of all the facts regardless of who they harm or help? Not even on their agenda.

  2. Wonder how many Democrats find themselves longing for Clinton after reading that bit about his health care plan. Gee, I guess his plan wasn’t really that much like hers after all…

  3. Did you notice how many white people that were in Obamas Infomercial. Who rounded up the players for this soap opera . Instead of a bunch of wealthy individuals where was the poor he wants to give our hard earned money to . Where is the underclass he keeps preachingabout. The difference between Bill Cliton and Obama is Bill C was a Governor and had the experience to run a state. Obama has not kelp his word to the people that voted him in to his seat. How can you trust the word of a who hasn’t gotten the job done he has. The big picture he is not ready . He says he will change the country but in the real world it is us who will change it. You dont have to give big brother the right to rule your life. We control congress with the voice we give them . We need less federal spending and less taxes. Not more big government and less in our pockets. We need a strong military leader not a cut and run guy. WAKE UP DONT BE SHEEP.

  4. Did you also notice that during the spot with the black family the musak soundtrack played faintly ethnic music! That was sickening.

  5. Now if the L.A. Times would only follow suit and release the Khalidi/Obama tape we might see a side of the real Obama that he wants to keep hidden. Those of us who have been following the truth about his associates are aware of this connection, but the general public isn’t, and they have a right to know. McCain and Palin have hammering the L.A.Times but to no avail. I think Khalidi was one of his mentors when he was at Columbia. This NY period of his life is kept so secret that you have to really search to find any information.

  6. lee M.

    According to the Times they have an agreement with the source of the video stating that they would not release it. I doubt we’ll ever see it.

  7. IA,

    This is OT, but I’ve been under the weather for a couple of days, and had forgotten that I would get back to you on this.

    Va. Attorney General Robert McDonald has ordered the county registrars in the state to count those military absentee ballots that Fairfax County registrar Rokey Suleman had cast aside on a technicality between the Va. law and the federal law.

    I couldn’t remember where I had read it, so I did a Yahoo search by typing in the name of the Fairfax supervisor who was fighting it. (Patrick Herrity) click on the fifth item on the page and it takes you to a page on WTOP news. I would send you a link, but I haven’t learned to do that yet.

    On Monday, the Attorney General told the state officials they must count the ballots. He said federal law trumps state law and federal law calls for the ballots to be counted.

    I had heard that Va. Rep. Tom Davis had chided registrar Suleman that he was gong to great lengths to register voters in the county jail while trying to disenfranchise our men and women in uniform. I understand that Davis’ statement is being circulated by the McCain campaign, so hopefully these ballots will be counted.

  8. Thanks for the update, Lee!

    And I hope you feel better!!!! GRL

  9. Can a Libertarian Socialist gets some cheese with all this whine around here?


  10. Sorry, we redistributed your cheese to someone more needy.

  11. Good. At least I know it went to someone more needier than me than to the Pentagon or my boss.

  12. Obama: “… and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.”

    Calivin Woodward: “His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500 …”

    Obama said it lowers COSTS, not premiums, by $2,500. How is this a fact check? This fact check is as much spin as anything Obama said.

  13. Wait to you see what’s coming!!!

  14. The fact check written by CALVIN WOODWARD and ERICA WERNER from Associated Press about Obama using iffy math on deficit is really biased.

    They haven’t even provided any evidence at the beggining of their report to support their claim, and they are already jumping to conclusions and expressing their opinion. As their English communications professor, I would tell them to study harder the toulim’s process of presenting evidence.

    I would fail them in my class.

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