A Little Fact Checking

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by rdowns, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I thought a little fact checking was in order here.

    Fact Check: Are business groups critical of McCain's health plan?

    Verdict: True. Obama accurately expresses the tone and content of the news article.

    Fact Check: Did McCain say the Iraq war would be easy, popular?

    The Verdict: True.

    Fact Check: Did Obama vote 94 times for higher taxes?

    Verdict: Misleading. McCain's summary ignores the fact that some of the votes were for measures to lower taxes for many Americans, while increasing them for a much smaller number of taxpayers. A nonpartisan examination also finds that the 94 total includes multiple votes on the same measures and budget votes that would not directly lead to higher taxes.

    Fact Check: Has Obama never 'taken on' Democratic leaders?

    Verdict: False. While McCain is correct that Obama has supported the Democratic leadership almost all of the time, to say he's never differed with them is not true.

    Fact Check: Did McCain join, or lead on Fannie-Freddie reform?

    The Verdict: True. McCain's warning came more than a year after legislation was introduced. He was not the sponsor and the bill failed to pass.

    Fact Check: Did Obama get second-most money from Freddie and Fannie?

    VERDICT: Misleading. No donations actually came from the companies. One method of measuring employee contributions does put Obama second overall, but another, for the current election cycle, shows McCain receiving significantly more.
  2. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Another one was about the Boeing tanker contract. I am personally (and literally) invested in that claim. So...

    The whole debate analysis is really good. Link.

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