Monday, September 24, 2012

Lies Caught On Tape

You would think in the year 2012, with Iphone and camera phone technology, with small, portable computers with built in cameras that will record virtually anything, anywhere....  that politicians and other celebrities would be more careful when they speak in public.

In the last few weeks there have been at least two nameless politicians (Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Obama) who have denied making derogatory statements about someone even though they made them on camera. 

On Monday, September 3rd, Wasserman Schultz told a group of Jewish Democrats at the DNC convention: "We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.” 

When it was reported the next day, and the Ambassador to Israel categorically denied ever saying anything like that, Wasserman Schultz denied ever making the statement and said she was misquoted and her words were "being taken out of context by a conservative newspaper." 

That afternoon, after Wasserman Schultz's denial and accusation became public, the newspaper released a videotape of her making the exact statement - word for word what the newspaper had reported.  Still she insisted she never said it, which is a complete lie.

On September 18, 2012, President Obama told Latenight's David Letterman that he never called anyone "unpatriotic."  How soon they forget - about their statements and the cameras.

On July , 2008, during a campaign speech, President Obama said "The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. It’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic!"

Now, once again, it's possible that Mr. Obama is being "technically" correct - he did not say "President Bush is unpatriotic" in a direct way.  However -  the intention is pretty clear, even for those who have difficulty seeing the forest for the trees.  Obama said $4 trillion in debt in 8 years is "irresponsible and unpatriotic."  And the camera caught it.  It's not like the rest of us can look at that video and say "Gee - that's not what he said."  Wait - maybe some people can - even as they ignore the other obvious truth; that President Obama doubled what Bush did in only three years.  So is it still unpatriotic, Mr. President?

I actually wanted to be fair about this so I searched Google for "Republican lies caught on camera".  I didn't have much success.  Oh, sure - there are a few clips that say "Romney lies about this or that" but if you listen to them, they're only lies depending on what you believe to be good for the country, left vs. right.  It's not "On this day he said these exact words and on this day he denied saying those words even though it's recorded."  So there is a difference.  I'll welcome anyone to find a couple of examples of recent, blatant Republican lies caught on camera and denied anyway.  Give me the links and I'll post them too.  Notice in my first paragraph I said "politicians", not Democrats.  They all do it.  So find me some good examples and I'll be fair.  The two examples above, which just happen to be Democrats, were simply too easy to find...

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