Brian Fitzpatrick burnishes his growing reputation for hackery with a Nov. 3 WorldNetDaily article.
Sycophantically quoting yet another attack on President Obama by "talk-radio titan" Rush Limbaugh, this time for going to India, Fitzpatrick writes:
Obama's trip to Mumbai reportedly will cost American taxpayers "a whopping $200 million per day" according the Press Trust of India.
President and Mrs. Obama are reportedly bringing along a tremendous entourage of about 3,000 people, ranging from U.S. government officials to journalists to Secret Service agents to private chefs, for a two-day visit beginning Nov. 6.
Since Fitzpatrick is apparently only interested in copy-and-pasting instead of doing actual reporting, it should be no surprise to learn that the claim is bogus.
According to Media Matters, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich responded, "The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality. Due to security concerns, we are unable to outline details associated with security procedures and costs, but it's safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated."
Fitzpatrick could have done that, but he chose not to. In WorldNetDaily, he seems to have found a place that will tolerate his lazy "reporting" since bashing Obama is more important than the facts.