December 09, 2011 5:05 pm ET filed under Blog
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June 27, 2011 12:35 pm ET filed under Ad Check
In a new ad titled "Shovel Ready," the misinformation mechanics at Crossroads GPS use an edited video of President Obama and a basic statistical swindle to support the claim that "Obama's $830 billion stimulus failed." The ad opens with President Obama speaking last summer at the 10,000th road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it snips out 11 crucial words from his statement about the economy, thereby erasing the catastrophic recession that President Bush and supply-side, deregulatory economics left for Obama to clean up. Crossroads GPS follows up the editing tricks with a trio of claims about debt, unemployment and gas prices spiking during Obama's tenure, but that only holds water if you make Obama responsible for the months he held office before his policies could impact the economy. Economists and fact-checkers agree that that's dishonest.
October 25, 2010 10:03 am ET filed under Blog
October 25, 2010 10:01 am ET filed under Fact Check
Sunday's political talk shows featured former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie lying to ABC viewers about voter attitudes toward outside groups like his brainchild, American Crossroads, and then misleading about jobs and the economy. In fact, over 70 percent of respondents in this month's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are concerned about outside spending making lawmakers "beholden" to outside groups. On Face the Nation, Gillespie's colleague Karl Rove claimed conservatives are only just catching up to liberals in outside spending, when it's been a dead heat for a couple cycles now, and studies show conservative groups are less likely to disclose donors than their liberal counterparts. Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Republican senate candidate Pat Toomey (PA) forgot that American companies pay less tax than our statutory corporate tax rates, and forgot that President Reagan raised taxes 11 times between the famous 1981 tax cut and the rampant economic growth for which Reagan is remembered.
September 21, 2010 1:16 pm ET filed under Blog
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September 20, 2010 10:00 am ET filed under Fact Check
A huge state and a tiny one dominated the Sunday political talk shows, with the Tea Party takeovers in Alaska and Delaware sucking most of the oxygen out of other subjects. Still, Karl Rove brought his white board to Fox News Sunday and used it to misrepresent the polling on President Obama's proposed middle-class tax cuts. Despite Rove's cherrypicked numbers, major polls show a clear majority of Americans want the rich to start paying their fair share again. Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, meanwhile, argued erroneously that unemployment benefits are unconstitutional. The question was settled in 1937 when the Supreme Court found the constitutional responsibility of Congress to "provide for the general welfare" included providing food money to the jobless.
September 10, 2010 12:28 pm ET filed under Blog
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July 16, 2010 10:44 am ET filed under Ad Check
A new ad from American Crossroads — the so-called "shadow RNC" launched by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie — attacks Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) over the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Specifically, the ad claims that Nevada received less stimulus money than "every other state but one." However, data from Recovery.gov and ProPublica.org unequivocally shows the claim to be false.
March 10, 2010 1:09 pm ET filed under Blog
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September 04, 2009 1:50 pm ET filed under Blog
President Bush's efforts in Afghanistan were a decided failure.
August 03, 2009 1:44 pm ET filed under Blog
July 30, 2009 10:57 am ET filed under Blog
While Rove served under a president who famously said, "I don't do nuance," Obama wants to understand the details of how his policies actually work -- and how to make them better.
July 16, 2009 11:17 am ET filed under Fact Check
On July 16, 2009, Karl Rove wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled "The President Moves the Economic Goalposts." It's an ironic accusation coming from Rove, given the both the Bush administration's economic record and its propensity for shifting expectations (remember "Mission Accomplished"?). In the column, Rove mischaracterizes what President Obama said before the stimulus bill passed, as well as what the Republicans offered as an "alternative."
June 25, 2009 10:02 am ET filed under Blog
During the health care debate so far, the Republican leadership has dutifully followed Frank Luntz's obstructionist talking points. Karl Rove has other ideas.
June 11, 2009 11:55 am ET filed under Fact Check
On June 11, 2009, former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining the "five arguments Republicans must make" against the installation of a public health insurance option. Because he, like the rest of the GOP, is grasping at straws in the argument against reforming America's health care system, Rove's piece misrepresents the facts and repeats oft-used talking points.
June 04, 2009 3:37 pm ET filed under Blog
In his Wall Street Journal column today, Karl Rove wrote, "It is becoming clear that the economy is now the top issue."
May 28, 2009 10:50 am ET filed under Blog
Rove's claim is nothing more than another shameful attempt to diminish President Obama and his groundbreaking nominee.
May 11, 2009 4:57 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The Bush administration presided over the slowest period of employment growth in over half a century. But that's not stopping Karl Rove from attacking President Obama - on Twitter - over recent unemployment reports.