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  •  Actually, we don't have to guess at what they are (15+ / 0-)

    saying or might say.  The diarist highlighted the pertinent statement:

    They became less concerned with the hard facts of a statement and more concerned what they perceived was "implicit" meaning of certain statements.

    Politifact says that Obama's claim is 'Half True' because they are reading into it precisely what Obama did not say, hence they see it 'implicitly'.  

    Put another way, they made that part up.

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    by Calvino Partigiani on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 10:36:50 AM PST

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    •  Blah, I stand by my point. (0+ / 0-)

      I think they have the right and obligation to parse everything the president, any president, says.

      Our original Half True rating was based on an interpretation that Obama was crediting his policies for the jobs increase. But we've concluded that he was not making that linkage as strongly as we initially believed and have decided to change the ruling to Mostly True.

      They corrected themselves. If this had been Bush, or Romney from the scary future, people here would be jumping all over them for turning it into a "Mostly True".

      •  That statement you quote from Politifact (9+ / 0-)

        makes them seem even worse to me that I had thought.  In fact it is nonsensical:

        [Obama] was not making that linkage as strongly as we initially believed

        See that?  Now Politifact claims that Obama is still claiming a link between his policies and job creation.  He's just not making it as 'strongly' as they believed.

        So now his statement is 'Mostly True'?  Bizarre.

        And just to be sure we understand their dissimulation, they also write:

        But this morning we reviewed our work and decided to change it to Mostly True because we concluded Obama was not crediting his policies as directly as we originally thought.

        Obama is still crediting his policies, just not as directly, so now that becomes Mostly True?

        I bet these guys would be good Boy Scouts seeing the complexity of the knots they can tie themselves into.

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        by Calvino Partigiani on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 11:07:44 AM PST

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      •  They did NOT correct themselves (4+ / 0-)
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        They only changed it to "mostly" true, even though they admit the statement was 100% true.  They just can't bring themselves to say just plain true because that would open them to accusations of liberal bias from conservatives who think it's unfair to cite economic statistics at any time, even without taking credit.

        "Journalistic conventions make it hard for reporters to deal with a big, complicated lie." -- Michael Kinsley.

        by dcg2 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 12:45:04 PM PST

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