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Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Browns Mislead on Michelle Obama
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In a July 23 WorldNetDaily column, Floyd and Mary Beth Brown cite as evidence that President "Obama is out of touch with Middle America" and exhibits "overt elitism" a report that "Michelle Obama totes around a $6,000 Italian alligator-skin clutch."

In fact, it was not "a $6,000 Italian alligator-skin clutch." As the New York Daily News reported, it was an $875 patent leather clutch.

The Browns also asserted that "unemployment climbed above 10 percent." In fact, the most recent numbers peg the national unemployment rate at 9.7 percent -- which, last time we checked, was not "above 10 percent."

Floyd Brown, if you'll recall, is the head of the Western Journalism Center. Why should anyone trusts what he and his organization put out if they can't even get basic facts right?

P.S. The column does not disclose the fact that WND editor Joseph Farah founded the WJC, but then, WND has a long history of not disclosing conflicts of interest.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:28 PM EDT

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