It looks like some of the media might finally be calling out Obama on his lies about McCain’s statements on Iraq. Nice work guys, but you’re only about two months late. An article at the Columbia Journalism Review accurately quotes McCain, who couldn’t have been clearer about what he meant by “100 years” in Iraq, and chides the media for not actively calling out Barack Obama on one hell of a whopper.
Ever since John McCain said at a town hall meeting in January that he could see U.S. troops staying in Iraq for a hundred years, the Democrats have been trying to use the quote to paint the Arizona senator as a dangerous warmonger. And lately, Barack Obama in particular has stepped up his attacks on McCain’s “100 years” notion.
But in doing so, Obama is seriously misleading voters—if not outright lying to them—about exactly what McCain said. And some in the press are failing to call him on it.
As the Democrats have previously stated it was their intention to try to ram McCain’s quote down his throat as a general election strategy, it is good to see at least one outlet lighting a fire under the rears of the Obama-friendly press. This should torpedo Democrat dreams on this particular issue, as well as tarnish Obama, if the media picks up the story and reports it fairly. Given how blatant this deception is when compared to McCain’s actual quote, the mainstream media may have no choice but to hammer Obama if he continues to bring it up. I can’t imagine anything sweeter than Obama spinning this during a debate only to have the actual video clip played for him afterwards by the moderators. Perhaps that extent of exposure is wishful thinking but one can dream. The Democrats have clung to other foolish ineffective talking points in the past (Petraeus comes to mind).