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Monday, November 12, 2012
WND Issues Another Dishonest Fact-Check
Topic: WorldNetDaily

You know how a couple months back, WorldNetDaily did an ostensible debunking of a chain email about the number of executive orders President Obama has issued that nevertheless treated the claim as if it true? Well, they've done it again.

A Nov. 10 WND article by Drew Zahn is headlined "Is THIS what Obama meant by 'revenge'?" Zahn then writes:

When Barack Obama said on the campaign trail, “Voting is the best revenge,” was this what he meant?

A quote allegedly by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has been spreading like wildfire online lately: “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us, and they better be ready, because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over, and we have two judges ready to go.”

It's not until the third paragraph that Zahn gets around to telling the truth:

The quote, however, is suspect and is at best four steps removed from Jarrett herself.

Though repeatedly widely in hundreds of blogs and even the website of a Philadelphia newspaper, the original source of the quote appears to be a blog site called The Ulsterman Report.

Yet even “Ulsterman” doesn’t claim to have actually heard the words spoken.

So, it's not true, and there's no proof that it is. Yet the headline and first two paragraphs of Zahn's article treats the invented quote as if it's real.

That's not how you do a fact-check, Drew.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:24 PM EST

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