Jim Drinkard, an Associated Press (AP) editor who oversees the wire service’s fact-checking work, said, “We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates.”There's nothing I can say that can top that, so I won't even try.
After the session, Drinkard said that there wasn’t an actual numerical quota on Bachmann at the AP. It’s just that if the AP had gone back and vetted all her claims that looked dicey, the result would “overload” the debate story. “Often she was just more prone to statements that just didn’t add up,” said Drinkard.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Palin's Pathological Lie of the Day:
Oliver Willis spots this gratuitous (and really, rather smarmy) lie, quoted from a meet-n-greet handshake between Sarah Palin and Israeli President Shimon Peres:
"I wanted to meet you for many years," Ms. Palin told Mr. Peres, according to an aide to the president. "The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag," she was quoted as saying, "and I want you to know and I want Israelis to know that I am a friend."
Gosh, she really lays it on thick, don't she?
Of course, the claim is ridiculous on its face. No one would believe for a second that the governor of an American state wouldn't have a U.S. flag and the flag of her state in her office. And, to no one's surprise, she absolutely does.
Why she would say she didn't is another matter. Confusion? Tongue-tied? Star-struck? Pathological liar? Deep need to glom on in any way possible to any connection with anybody important who might somehow wander into this political Black Widow's web?