I’m attempting to put together a pro-Obama, anti-McCain viral email. I have about 50 topics listed and I’m in the process of whittling them down and organizing them in a fashion. It’s directly inspired by this smear email debunked by Snopes. Here’s a taste of my attempt, which is based on the theory expressed by the philosopher Stephen Colbert that “reality has a well-known liberal bias”:
McCain called the media his “base.”
The media is “in the tank for Obama.”
. The only study I’ve found
about this is from July of this year and concludes that though the big TV networks (which were the only media studied) paid far more attention to Barack Obama than John McCain, they were tougher on Obama than McCain.
The media’s feeding frenzy over Sarah Palin was an unprecedented attack on a candidate for public office.
Not exactly. Does anyone remember the media frenzy surrounding Rev. Wright? Remember that infamous debate moderated by Charlie Gibson in which half the debate was about various smears? It took that debate and Obama’s nuanced race speech to “lance the boil.” Palin, so far, isn’t commenting all that much on these matters.
Obama’s campaign has been just as untruthful as McCain’s.
. While both sides have stretched the truth, McCain’s campaign has told
Obama said several times that McCain wants to “continue a war in Iraq
perhaps as long as 100 years.”
. McCain has said that he’s willing to keep troops in Iraq for as much as 100 years
, but he doesn’t anticipate them fighting the whole time, and he’s started talking about drawing down troops at some point in the unspecified future. Obama has stopped using this line of attack.
One of McCain’s closest friends and advisers who wrote McCain’s economic plan and who McCain said he would rely on and was expected to be Treasury Secretary, Phil Gramm, said “This is a mental recession…We sort of become a nation of whiners.”
Actually True. After Gramm said this, McCain ditched him though, and McCain distanced himself from the comments, although he kept Gramm’s plans in place.
Joe Biden claimed that McCain has “hired to run this campaign” “the very people” who smeared McCain in the infamous 2000 primary in South Carolina against Bush.
. Or at least McCain has hired some of them. ABC News reported that McCain hired Tucker Eskew
who was one of the people in Bush’s camp that McCain held responsible for the vicious campaign in South Carolina that derailed his campaign in 2000. Also, in 2007, he hired the same firm, Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm, that made the Swift Boat ads
he criticized in 2004 to work for his campaign.
McCain wants to tax my heath care benefits.
McCain has said in a number of his ads that Obama is going to raise taxes on the middle class.
Not at all.
Obama pledged not to raise middle class taxes
. Here’s a breakdown of the where McCain’s and Obama’s tax cuts would go:
McCain’s Tax Cuts:
Top 10% of Americans
Above $2.87 million -$269,364
$603,403 to $2.87 million -$45,361
$226,982 to $603,402 -$7,871
$160,973 to $226,981 -$4,380
$111,646 to $160,972 -$2,614
90% of Americans
$66, 355 to $111,645 -$1,009
$37,596 to $66,345 -$319
$18,982 to $37,595 -$113
Up to $18,981 -$19
Obama’s Tax Cuts:
Top 10% of Americans
Above $2.87 million +$701,885
$603,403 to $2.87 million +$115,975
$226,982 to $603,402 -$12
$160,973 to $226,981 -$2,789
$111,646 to $160,972 -$2,204
90% of Americans
$66, 355 to $111,645 -$1,290
$37,596 to $66,345 -$1,042
$18,982 to $37,595 -$892
Up to $18,981 -$567
Based on the graph created by the Washington Post to illustrate the analysis done by the Tax Policy Center.
Alan Greenspan said that the country can’t afford John McCain’s tax cuts.
. Greenspan said
he would support the cuts if McCain also cut government spending – which McCain has pledged to do, but hasn’t explained what programs he would cut aside from eliminating earmarks which would account for less than half of a percent of the estimated cost of McCain’s tax cuts.