Liars, Damned Liars and Fact Checkers
Just in time, conservatives in politics and the media (a much smaller tribe) have begun to push back against the "fact checking" outfits within media operations. These self-appointed judges assert objectivity when they often merely render opinions on the statements of political candidates. Last night on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's "The National" news program, for example, a feature described all the "lies" that both U.S. parties are telling about each other. An example was the "lie" of Republicans that President Obama was alluding to businessmen's achievements when he declared "You didn't build that." It's just assumed that "fact checkers" are objective oracles. (As a side note, the CBC would be hard pressed to broadbrush its own country's political parties as "liars"; not quite that way. What the CBC does very well to seek out the DC and NY liberal media for its cues on covering U.S. politics.)
The proposition that President Obama never meant to minimize the role of entrepreneurs just happens to be the Democratic Party line, of course. But it doesn't wash. Even in context--or especially in context, as Charles Krauthammer has said--the President's meaning was plain. It would make no sense in reference only to infrastructure. (When you watch the Obama speech and hear his passion, he sure doesn't seem to be talking only about infrastructure!) Moreover, it is the same pitch that was pioneered by Mr. Obama's friend and ally, Elizabeth Warren. It's the new "progressive" way of trying to rob entrepreneurs and businessmen of their moral authority and to justify whatever regulatory controls and taxes the Elizabeth Warrens of the world may want to impose on them.
Don't agree with me, Mr. "fact checker"? Well, you are entitled to your opinion. But it's not your fact.