In an age of one-minute network news stories and cable television's distortion-as-debate, the nuance of shared principle but different practice would be lost, and all the big, bad Puritans and Inquisition throwbacks would be melded into one scary, woman-hating monster.Take a look at the unfacts slipped in, ever so gently, into that second paragraph. She's trying to get you to think that all that bad news (recession, high unemployment) is the fault of the current administration. We'll take them one at a time to see how she's misleading you, her loyal reading public.
As Mr. Limbaugh himself had pointed out, that's exactly what the White House wanted. It can't defend its economic record -- the recession and jobless numbers now belong solely to Mr. Obama -- so it needed to shift the campaign focus to social values.
First, there's this:
[T]he recession numbers...now belong solely to Mr. Obama.Really? Even though 18 months ago:
The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research met yesterday by conference call. At its meeting, the committee determined that a trough in business activity occurred in the U.S. economy in June 2009. The trough marks the end of the recession that began in December 2007 and the beginning of an expansion. The recession lasted 18 months, which makes it the longest of any recession since World War II. Previously the longest postwar recessions were those of 1973-75 and 1981-82, both of which lasted 16 months.Ruth Ann, please tell us - when did the recession begin and when did it end? Given that Barack Obama was inaugurated at the tail end of January, 2009 and the 18 month recession ended only 5 months later, isn't it very very VERY difficult (if not impossible) to assert with any level of honesty that "the recession numbers now belong solely to" Obama? Or am I missing something here. Besides your symptoms of the Obama derangement syndrome, of course.
Then there's the other half of that unfact pair (which isn't much of an unfact, though it's usage by Ruth Ann Dailey certainly was):
[T]he...jobless numbers now belong solely to Mr. Obama.From The National Labor Relations Board dated February 3, 2012:
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth was widespread in the private sector, with large employment gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing. Government employment changed little over the month.Then there's this graph from the White House:
But I don't think you were looking to cheerlead the for the Obama Administration on the jobless numbers, were you?
You were just hoping no one would check your work.
Happy Monday, everybody!