Ed Driscoll

AP: President's Speech Contained "Variety Of Oversimplifications And Omissions"

The other day, my wife remarked to me that AP was being surprisingly tough on President Obama these days. I replied to her that maybe there’s still a few old hands left there who still practice honest journalism.

Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit links to a fact check report from AP that somehow “made it past the editor’s desk”:

After the campaign speech Barack Obama delivered to Congress tonight the state-run media reported that Dear Leader’s talking points were not true.
They were being kind.
This made it past the editor’s desk at the AP:

President Barack Obama used only-in-Washington accounting Wednesday when he promised to overhaul the nation’s health care system without adding “one dime” to the deficit. By conventional arithmetic, Democratic plans would drive up the deficit by billions of dollars.

The president’s speech to Congress contained a variety of oversimplifications and omissions in laying out what he wants to do about health insurance.

OBAMA: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits either now or in the future. Period.”

THE FACTS: …The long-term prognosis for costs of the health care legislation has not been good.

OBAMA: “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.”

THE FACTS: …The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats and said that by 2016 some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it…
OBAMA: “Don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut. … That will never happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.”

THE FACTS: Obama and congressional Democrats want to pay for their health care plans in part by reducing Medicare payments to providers by more than $500 billion over 10 years…

As Jim writes, there’s much more here.