Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"I SWEAR I Never Lied To You About NAFTA!"

I am always uncomfortable agreeing with Mrs. Bill Clinton, but she's absolutely right when she points out that the media are in the bag for Obama. The perfect example is the "coverage" of Sen. Obama's NAFTA scam.

Watching the talking heads on CNN and MSNBC, you'd think there was some question about what really happened. Did an Obama advisor really meet with the Canadians? Did he really tell them Obama's just playing politics when he bashes NAFTA? Nobody knows, according to the MSM. As Joe Scarborough put "Obama looks weaselly on this NAFTA thing."

Gee, ya think?

Byron York has the whole story at National Review, and here's the Natural Truth:

"...when Canada’s CTV television network reported that, in early February, a representative of the Obama campaign assured Canadian officials that they need not take Obama’s NAFTA threats seriously...The campaign, and the Canadian government, initially denied everything. 'The Canadian ambassador issued a statement saying that the story was absolutely false,' top Obama adviser Susan Rice said Thursday night on MSNBC. 'There had been no such contact. There had been no discussions on NAFTA.” Obama himself, asked about the story the next day, said, “It did not happen.'... On Friday, The New York Observer reached Goolsbee himself. “It is a totally inaccurate story,” Goolsbee said. “I did not call these people.”

Then a report from the Associated Press pulled the rug out from under Obama. The report cited a memo written as a record of the February 8 meeting between Goolsbee and a man named Georges Rioux, the Canadian consul general in Chicago. The document was written by Joseph DeMora, a consulate staffer who was in the meeting. 'Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign,' the memo said, according to AP. 'He cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.'"

Barack Obama said there was no meeting. There was.

The Obama campaign said they never talked about the politics of NAFTA with Canadian officials. They did.

That is what's known in the vernacular as a "lie," my MSNBC friends. And just because you're Obamania won't let you cover it doesn't change the facts.