The Lie That Just Won't Go Away

Steve posted Fri about ABC News’ Jake Tapper's article that completely misrepresented what Bill Clinton said in a speech delivered in Denver on Wed regarding climate change and the economy. Brad at Sadly No! justifiably raked Jake over the coals for his apparent illiteracy in interpreting what Clinton meant from the transcript, but I must add that after seeing the video which Tapper has posted several links to in his article, I'm inclined to believe there's just no way anyone could have misinterpreted what he meant. See for yourself.

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Even though Tapper apparently watched that same video, he has since added in an update that he "wasn't sure just what Clinton meant." Now whether it is even possible for a journalist at ABC to be that stupid or whether he just continues to be deliberately misleading, I suppose that could be open to debate, but the problem is that now, days after Jake's misleading piece had been thoroughly debunked and taken to task by blogs on the left and the right, the story unsurprisingly made it into the echo chamber where it was picked up by the likes of Drudge, Rush Limbaugh and now is showing up in publications with titles such as "Bill Clinton Wants An Economic Slowdown" and "Slow The Economy? Chill, Bill."

I can only shake my head. Churchill was so right.


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