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December 19, 2011 9:24 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 18, 2011

This week on the Sunday political talk shows, topics of discussion ranged far and wide. On Fox News Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated for block granting Medicaid despite the harm that would do to those who rely on the program. On This Week, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) distorted the content of a CBO report on income inequality. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), appearing on Meet the Press, shared several false claims: that employers are concerned about "uncertainty," and that the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 jobs. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), also on Meet the Press, did the same, falsely asserting that there's no evidence the payroll tax holiday created jobs and that Iran has threatened the U.S. and Israel with nuclear weapons.

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October 31, 2011 10:24 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 30, 2011

This week's Sunday talk shows included several GOP presidential contenders who have figured out that ignoring facts is a winning formula among their party's voters. While all the candidates who appeared on the shows parroted the same points they've been making for the past several months, there were also several new allegations. On Face the Nation, GOP frontrunner Herman Cain, after having adjusted his 9-9-9 tax plan to avoid tax hikes on those living in poverty, claimed that the exemption was there all along and that his critics simply misreported his plan. That's unlikely given that Cain has been on record defending taxing the income of those living in poverty. On This Week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was called out for misrepresenting immigration statistics. Rather than acknowledge her mistake and move on, Bachmann claimed that she did not say what the video clearly showed her saying. And on Fox News Sunday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) repeated a slew of easily debunked economic talking points, including that President Obama had overseen the creation of "practically no jobs."

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September 16, 2011 4:56 pm ET

Gov. Perry Shows His Ignorance On The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has written an op-ed, published in both the Jerusalem Post and Wall Street Journal, assailing the impending Palestinian statehood initiative before the United Nations and, unsurprisingly, putting much of the blame on the Obama administration. Perry, of course, has little knowledge of foreign policy, which is evident by the fact that he signed his name to such easily refutable claims. Highlighting his inability to accurately connect interrelated issues or make logical conclusions, Perry writes that through their statehood efforts at the U.N., "the Palestinians are signaling that they have no interest in a two-state solution." Of course, the whole point of the U.N. move, as even opponents understand, is to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel. By definition, those would be two different states. This sort of ignorance permeates the piece.

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May 26, 2011 9:37 am ET

Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To "1967 Borders"

Since his speech on the Middle East last Thursday, President Obama's opponents have falsely attacked him for calling on Israel to return to its "1967 borders." In reality, Obama repeated the ordinary belief that an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal should result in two states with secure borders "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," which will allow Israel to retain large settlements in the West Bank. Addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the president explained very clearly that his original statement meant that the final border negotiated between the parties "will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967." However, that hasn't stopped many House Republicans from perpetuating a smear against Obama for something he never actually said.

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March 28, 2011 10:19 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 27, 2011

The situation in Libya dominated Sunday's political talk shows in advance of President Obama's address to the nation this evening. However, while the usual posturing on domestic issues fell by the wayside, the serious nature of the conflict did not prevent conservatives from misinforming viewers about foreign policy. On Fox News Sunday, presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich brazenly denied that he reversed his stance on U.S. intervention in Libya, despite indisputable evidence that he has shifted positions and contradicted himself on multiple occasions. Meanwhile, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld promoted his new book on ABC's This Week, where he distorted the legacy of the Bush administration's engagement in the Middle East.  

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December 20, 2010 10:17 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 19, 2010

With "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the DREAM Act each put to bed, the Sunday shows shifted focus squarely to the New START arms-reduction treaty with Russia. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed that Condaleeza Rice wants the Senate to amend the treaty, but Rice actually called for changes to the resolution of ratification — a move more in keeping with the Senate's "advise and consent" role. Furthermore, Kyl's underlying concerns about missile defense are not grounded in fact. On CNN, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blamed the treaty's verification provisions for his decision to vote 'no,' and accused Democrats of "rushing" the process. But that's foolish — we've already gone more than a year without nuclear inspectors in Russia because the Senate is dragging its feet on START, and the vetting process that began in the spring has been unusually thorough compared to previous arms treaties. Elsewhere, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said the judge who ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional got it right despite an error in his decision that one conservative legal expert called "obvious." And Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) ignored the Bush administration's terrible fiscal legacy in claiming that "every bit" of our debt problem comes from entitlements.

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March 15, 2010 6:08 pm ET

Myths And Facts On U.S.-Israel Diplomatic Row

A diplomatic crisis between the Israeli government and the United States erupted last week. It began when the Israeli government announced that it would expand settlements in East Jerusalem (the Palestinian part of the city) while Vice President Joseph Biden was visiting Israel.  Both the timing of the announcement (Biden was in Israel) and the substance (the United States has consistently opposed settlement activity) infuriated the Obama administration.  Additionally, the United States does not recognize East Jerusalem as part of Israel; no country, other than Israel itself, does. The pro-Israel lobbying group, AIPAC, and several members of Congress jumped to criticize the White House for provoking the conflict which, in fact, began because the Israelis announced new settlements.

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October 21, 2009 5:18 pm ET

Holding Leonard Davis To Lenny Ben-David's Standards

On October 21, 2009, former AIPAC official Lenny Ben-David wrote a post on Pajamas Media attempting to smear the pro-Israel, pro-peace organization J Street.  A close look at Ben-David's record reveals a striking level of hypocrisy.  He wants his readers to distrust J Street based on tenuous connections to people whose only "faults" are being of Arab descent or Muslim.  If Mr. Ben-David believes such connections are worthy of criticism, why has he engaged in nearly identical behavior himself?

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June 23, 2009 11:28 am ET

Rep. Issa vs. Reality: Iran

In a June 22, 2009 MSNBC appearance, Rep. Darrell Issa claimed the President needed to play "catch-up" on Iran. It is Rep. Issa, however, who seems behind the times.

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June 22, 2009 12:14 pm ET

Rep. Pence Distorts Obama's Position On Iran

In a Redstate blog post on June 22, 2009, Rep. Mike Pence made a number of false assertions regarding President Obama's reaction to the turmoil in Iran.

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June 19, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Boehner vs. Reality: Iran

In a June 19, 2009 release, Rep. John Boehner criticized President Obama's response to the Iranian protests.  However - the Iranian protesters, foreign policy experts, and Henry Kissinger support President Obama's stance on the ongoing unrest in Iran.

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June 19, 2009 12:45 pm ET

False Tweet Alert: Fred Thompson

In a June 19, 2009 tweet, Fred Thompson quoted a Jed Babbin column that appeared on the conservative site Human Events. The tweet criticizes President Obama reaction to Iran's election; however, conservative foreign policy icon Henry Kissinger claims "the president has handled this well."

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June 17, 2009 4:46 pm ET

False Tweet Alert: Rep. Cantor Falsely Stated The Administration Has Been Silent On Iran

On June 17, 2009, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor posted a tweet claiming "Tehran violence is a horrible human tragedy. Administration silence is troubling." However, the administration has decried the violence in Iran while, at the same time, recognizing that U.S. meddling would serve as a boost to Anti-American forces within the country.

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June 15, 2009 4:27 pm ET

Rep. Cantor Forgot Vice President Biden Was A Part Of The Administration

On June 15, 2009, Rep. Cantor criticized the Obama administration for their "silence in the face of Iran's brutal suppression." However, on the previous day, Vice President Biden appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and criticized Iran for "the way they're suppressing speech, the way they're suppressing crowds."

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June 02, 2009 2:04 pm ET

Rep. Cantor: An Embarrassing Record On Foreign Policy

On June 2, 2009, Minority Whip Eric Cantor issued a statement criticizing President Obama's handling of Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Yet a thorough examination of Rep. Cantor's record on issues of national security reveals many troubling facts.

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June 01, 2009 10:57 am ET

Mitt Romney: Foreign Policy Novice

Former Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy/defense speech at the Heritage Foundation.  After numerous blunders during his stalled 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney is hardly one to take seriously on issues of national security. 

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