Sunday, March 23, 2008

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Just the facts, ma'am

Politifact.com is one of the best political sites I've found this season. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. The site was named the "Best Overall Newspaper Web Site" by the Newspaper Association of America.

Politifact.com, run by the St. Petersburg Times, is all about the facts. It filters conventional political wisdom through the "Truth-o-meter." The site puts candidate bios, statements, their attacks on rival candidates and their positions on issues, under the microscope. For instance...

When Hillary Clinton said:

"I negotiated open borders to let fleeing refugees into safety from Kosovo."
on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 in an interview on CNN's American Morning.
The Truth-o-meter says her comment was "barely true." More details...

When John McCain said (three frickin times):

It's "common knowledge" that al-Qaida is receiving training from Iran.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 in Amman, Jordan

The Truth-o-meter says "Zzzzzt!--False. Who in their right mind would vote for this man for president?" Oh, okay, Truth-o-meter says "false," but I added sound effects and editorializing. More details...

Just to show I'm not biased, when Barack Obama said:

Americans "have never paid more for gas at the pump."
Sunday, February 10th, 2008 in a campaign rally in Alexandria, Va.

The Truth-o-meter says uh-uh, "false." More details...
Politifact sources all of its facts so you know exactly how the site reaches its conclusions on the veracity of candidates, pundits, etc.

Pat Buchanan: Blacks ought to be grateful for slavery
Longtime readers know that I hate to link to crazy, rightwing sites, but it is useful to know how the opposition is spinning the Obama/Wright issue. And, of course, as crazy and anti-mainstream as I believe Pat Buchanan to be, I still see his mug all the time on "respected" cable TV news, so someone must agree with the shit he says. Oh, and here's what he says:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.

Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American. MORE
Buchanan goes on to trot out the typical rightwing talking points. Y'know that welfare and food stamps and all those other government safety nets were designed for black folks--no matter that most people taking advantage of them are white and that most black people have never taken advantage of them. (Yes, I understand that a higher proportion of black people use those programs.)

Buchanan's comments are disgusting and far worse than anything I've heard Rev. Jeremiah Wright say, but will the media be all up in arms over this? Will Buchanan lose his cushy spot on MSNBC. I doubt it. I wonder why.

(Hat tip to reader Bradski.)

Don't believe everything you hear

Did you hear what Rev. Jeremiah Wright said about America's "chickens coming home to roost" post 9/11? Are you sure? Watch this nine-minute clip from Wright's sermon. It may be the most eye-opening thing you watch all week.



Will the media and rightwing be leading a witch hunt against former Ambassador Ed Peck? No? I wonder why.

Mission Accomplished

I've been meaning to add NOLA Radfem Blog to my blog roll for a while. If you read What Tami Said regularly, you've no doubt come across some of NOLA's insightful comments. Earlier this week, she posted an excellent piece called "Mission Accomplished" that discussed the Clintons' efforts to paint Barack Obama as "the black candidate," and thus unelectable to many white Americans:

So, I've been to Bill Clinton's hometown. I know he and I share the same roots, roots in a beloved, schizophrenic South - a South of sweet tea and relic slave shacks, of casserole-bearing funeral attendees and still-segregated churches, a South of unfailing manners as well as fierce racism both personal and institutionalized (I've lived up North and out West too, and white people there need not check their mental compasses for due South when they think about racism).

And so I've seen where Bill Clinton grew up. And I know. I know that Bill Clinton knew exactly what he was doing when he made that comparison of Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson. He knew, and for personal gain for himself and his, he was willing to fan those racist flames, always there, always hot, always bright - and denied by whites even if maintaining that denial requires us to stay in our skivvies and wander blindfolded while denying the existence of the fire.

Oh, he knew. MORE

Read through NOLA's blog. She's got great stuff there.

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