DNC - Updates "Count the Lies" Counter

Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today updated the Count the Lies counter after the New York Times fact checked John McCain's false attack on immigration reform. The bottom line: McCain's new Spanish-language television ad is "a gross distortion." This latest article is the 53rd fact check to debunk a McCain campaign lie since he promised to run a respectful campaign in February. Visit www.democrats.org/CountTheLies to see the updated Count the Lies counter.
NY Times: What's Spanish for 'Lies'? McCain Immigration Ad "A Gross Distortion." "Senator John McCain's truth-deficient campaign hit another low last Friday with a fraudulent new ad, this time about immigration. The ad, in Spanish, accuses Senator Barack Obama and his Congressional allies of killing immigration reform. It's a gross distortion." [New York Times, 9/15/08: http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/whats-spanish-for-lies/ ]

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Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today updated the Count the Lies counter after the Washington Post's Fact Checker blog gave four Pinocchios to the McCain campaign's claims on energy. While John McCain has defended his pick of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate by saying she "knows more about energy than probably anyone in the United States of America," the Washington Post notes that Palin "has been having a lot of trouble getting her basic energy statistics straight."

This latest article is at least the 54th fact check to debunk a McCain campaign lie since he promised to run a respectful campaign in February. Visit www.democrats.org/CountTheLies to see the updated Count the Lies counter.

Washington Post Fact Checker Blog:

"The woman touted by John McCain as the most knowledgeable person in America on energy issues has been having a lot of trouble getting her basic energy statistics straight. Last week, Sarah Palin told Charlie Gibson of ABC News that her state, Alaska, produced 'nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.' Yesterday, she told a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado, that she had been responsible for overseeing 'nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas.' Both claims are way off."

[Washington Post, 9/16/08: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/palin_on_energy.html ]

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DNC Updates "Count the Lies" Counter: #55

Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today updated the Count the Lies counter after the Associated Press called John McCain's and Sarah Palin's claims on energy exaggerated--"some wildly so." This latest article is at least the 56th fact check to debunk a McCain campaign lie since he promised to run a respectful campaign in February. Visit www.democrats.org/CountTheLies to see the updated Count the Lies counter.

AP Fact Check: McCain-Palin Energy Claims Exaggerated, "Some Wildly So." "Palin and the McCain campaign repeatedly have claimed her status as governor of an energy-producing state as a national security credential, most recently in the interview with ABC News anchor Charles Gibson. But Palin has been sloppy in how she states her argument that Alaska is a major player in the energy market. In the interview, she claimed the state 'produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.' McCain, too, has said Palin is 'in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply.' More recently, Palin modified her claim to '20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas.' THE FACTS: The statements are exaggerated, some wildly so, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration." [Associated Press, 9/16/08: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PALIN_ENERGY_FACT_CHECK?SITE=MAFIT&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT ]

NOTE: CNN Debunks McCain Claims on protecting kids from Sexual Predators, Energy Policy, The Bridge To Nowhere, Earmark Spending, And Governor Palin's Foreign Travel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAInJKu1yQU [CNN, 9/16/08]