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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Folger Pushes False Obama Claims
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In a July 29 WorldNetDaily column, Janet Folger repeats several discredited claims about Barack Obama.

Folger asserted that Obama has "plans for an $845 billion to a taxpayer-supported poverty program" [sic] and a "$439 billion 'civilian national security force.'" But as we've detailed, the poverty bill commits no actual money to it, and the "civilian national security force" is just a false scare tactic peddled by Joseph Farah.

Folger really should know better than to trust WND as a credible news source.

Folger also complained that "every network news anchor – NBC's Brian Williams, CBS' Katie Couric and ABC's Charlie Gibson – followed Obama like lemmings of the left." This ignores the fact that news coverage of Obama is more negative than that of John McCain.

Folger then repeats a claim that Obama canceled a visit to wounded troops in Germany "after it became clear that campaign staff and the traveling press corps would not be allowed to accompany Senator Obama." In fact, there is no evidence that Obama ever planned to bring the press with him on the visit or that he canceled the visit because he couldn't.

And because this is an anti-Obama screed, Folger serves up a big helping of Obama Derangement Syndrome:

But in Berlin, instead of pretending to be president or even a presidential candidate, Obama sounded more like Nicolae Carpathia, of the "Left Behind" series.

He spoke of a "global partnership," "global citizenship" and "global commitment," "global development" and "those left behind in a globalized world." "Left Behind" in a globalized world? Interesting wording.

Someone who portrayed a neo-Nazi racist as a credible source should not be complaining about the "interesting wording" of others.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:18 AM EDT

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