Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has a friend in PolitiFact Ohio, the leftist “fact checking” wing of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It’s no wonder: Sherrod has been a fixture of deep-blue Cleveland politics for decades, and his wife was a Plain Dealer columnist until she resigned after being caught on tape filming Senate challenger Josh Mandel at a Tea Party event last year.
Consider the lone Sherrod Brown statement ruled “Pants on Fire” by PolitiFact Ohio – a recent story about the campaign debate schedule which opened with, “It seems a tad silly for PolitiFact Ohio to wade into a debate on debates…”
By the time PolitiFact Ohio had given Brown one “Pants on Fire” ruling over an inside-baseball issue no one cares about, PolitiFact Ohio had kneecapped Mandel repeatedly on issues central to the campaign.
As if to confirm my July 28 Big Journalism column about what shameless left-wing hacks they are, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a story on July 29 titled, “Campaign attacks give Josh Mandel Pants on Fire crown,” again lamenting that Mandel is found to be dishonest when journalists cherry-pick, twist, and smear his statements.
“The Pants on Fire ratings show that he has been prone to repeat talking points and make incendiary comments that are longer on rhetoric than fact,” opined PolitiFact Ohio Truth Arbiter - and liberal Democrat - Tom Feran.
Let’s help PolitiFact Ohio out, since the fact checking shop struggles to find remarks from Sherrod Brown that are long on rhetoric & short on fact.
Following are thirteen of Sherrod’s statements PolitiFact Ohio has missed since its creation mid-2010. The first four are from Sherrod’s Oct. 3, 2010 USA Today editorial, “How to fight Tea Party’s faux populism” – a national column by a U.S. senator that somehow escaped PolitiFact’s all-seeing eye.
- “Tea Party populism is driven by anger at our government and at our country. Real populism fights for all Americans, while Tea Party populism divides us.”
- “But for generations, conservatives have appealed to fear to protect the privileged and preserve the status quo — fear of immigrants, fear of diversity, fear of big government.”
- “We saved the U.S. auto industry in the face of naysayers' exhortation to ‘let the market work,’ and our efforts preserved hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
- “The Tea Party vision of 21st century America would gut Medicare and Social Security, ignore the minimum wage, and scale back consumer protections and regulations that keep Wall Street honest and our food supply safe.”
- “The same people that oppose the health care bill this time are against Medicare, the John Birch Society – which sort of morphed into the Tea Party […]” – Speech at the 2011 Ohio Education Association spring representative assembly.
- “The privatization of Medicare is going to mean worse service, more seniors’ out-of-pocket costs, but a whole lot more money for the insurance industry.” – Speech at the 2011 Ohio Education Association spring representative assembly.
- “The reason we have a prosperous middle class in this country, more than anything, is in the 1930s Congress passed, with Franklin Roosevelt signing, collective bargaining rights.” – speech at the 2011 Ohio Education Association spring representative assembly.
- “It's extending unemployment benefits that creates economic activity that creates jobs - not giving a millionaire an extra 10 or 20 or $30,000 in tax cuts that they likely won't spend” – Late-2010 MSNBC appearance with Chris Matthews.
- “The postal service has been very restricted in what its allowed to do under law. It’s not been given opportunities to generate revenue.” – December 2011 interview with Ohio newspapers.
- “Your voices really matter on choice, on women's rights, on worker rights, on, on voting rights, on human rights, on civil rights, it's all the same.” – Speech to Cleveland Planned Parenthood workers after an April 7, 2011 rally in D.C.
- “Today people live 30 years longer than that, and it's because of government doing the right thing when you push government to do the right thing.” – Speech to Cleveland Planned Parenthood workers after an April 7, 2011 rally in D.C.
- “During the fifties, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, the United States had great infrastructure programs. We were the envy of the world. Those are clear formulaic job creating strategies that we know.” – June 2012 Washington Post interview.
- “Wall Street banks caused a devastating recession — and now they’re ducking responsibility.” – IT’S WALL STREET VS. THE 99 PERCENT petition, SherrodBrown.com.
This only scratches the surface, but everything Sherrod says is a variation on the same few themes: unions are responsible for all that’s right in America, conservatives and CEOs are to blame for all that’s wrong, and our only hope lies in bigger government.
Sen. Brown is welcome to his asinine opinions, but it’s a shame the Democrat writers and editors at PolitiFact Ohio are too busy slamming Josh Mandel to cast a skeptical eye on Sherrod’s thinly-veiled socialism!
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