Apr
30
2009

Calvin Woodward's Fractured Fact-Check Strikes Again

Associated Press reporter Calvin Woodward has a history of straining to catch Barack Obama in factual errors. But today's review of last night's Obama press conference may have hit a new low in absurdity. In the piece, headlined "Fact Check: Obama Disowns Deficit He Helped Shape," Woodward takes issue with Obama's statement: "Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit…. That wasn't me." Woodward's criticism: "It actually was him–and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years–who shaped a budget so out of balance…. Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for […]

Apr
18
2009

Spanish Torture Indictments Dead?

Reading some of the latest headlines, one might think that Spanish investigations and possible indictments of six former Bush officials for alleged involvement in torture were dead in the water. As the Associated Press banner put it (4/17/09): "Spain: No Torture Probe of U.S. Officials," while the Los Angeles Times headlined a news brief (4/17/09), 'Spain; Prosecutors Reject Trying Bush Officials." On the prosecutors' announcement, the AP story reported: While their ruling is not binding, the announcement all but dooms prospects for the case against the men going forward. On Thursday, Spain's top law-enforcement official Candido Conde-Pumpido said he would […]