Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union speech

With his party reeling from the loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts and doubts increasing about whether he'll be able to pass his health care plan, President Barack Obama challenged Congress -- and the nation -- to put aside partisanship and tackle the difficult problems facing the country. Full Story »

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Robert B. Elliott
2.3
by Robert B. Elliott - Jan. 31, 2010

Quality journalism? Not quite. Do you smell something? This author can't seem to conceal his bais. He can't resist to call Obama's attempt to compromise & moderate his approach as a flip flop, for instance. He characterizes the statement on the Supreme Court as an exaggeration, which although somewhat rhetorical is essentially true if "unrestricted" means what I think it does. He could have focused on dozens of undeniable facts & claims of great significance, but instead, he chose things of less importance. And, he had to get a few Republican talking points in by rating McDonnell & Boehner, even though this was ostensibly a review of the real State of the Union address, not the fake one. If a majority of Americans oppose "this" health care bill, it is because it has been watered down by undue pressure & they have been inundated with false claims from the organized liars in the media, such as Fox "news".

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