DNC - Count the Lies #64: "Working The Refs"

Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today updated the Count the Lies counter after the Washington Post gave the McCain campaign Three Pinocchios for distorting the record on Rick Davis's connections to Freddie Mac.

This article is at least the 64th fact check to debunk McCain campaign lies 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: Three Pinocchios for "Working the Refs" with Non-Denial Denial. " "McCain spokesmen have tried to discredit the newspaper's reporting with the argument that it is "in the tank" for Obama, a charge that it frequently uses against journalists who cross the campaign. The attacks fail to address the substantive points raised by The Times and other news organizations. The McCain campaign responded to the latest batch of reports with a classic non-denial denial: It furiously rebutted something that was never alleged. A McCain blog entry by spokesman Michael Goldfarb said that the New York Times had made a 'demonstrably false' allegation, charging that 'Davis was paid by Freddie Mac until last month.' In fact, the newspaper reports pointed out that the payments were to Davis's firm, rather than Davis himself, and that Davis is not receiving a salary from his company while working for McCain. The reports also noted that Davis remains a partner in Davis Manafort, and stands to benefit over the long term from its success. Davis's close ties with McCain were cited as the primary reason for payment of the retainer by Freddie Mac to Davis Manafort…Rather than discuss Davis's relationship with the failed mortgage giants, the McCain campaign is relying on the tried-and-tested campaign technique known as "working the refs." The McCain camp has accused The Times of a "willful disregard for the truth," but has been unable to demonstrate factual errors in the newspaper's reporting of the Davis-Freddie Mac relationship." [Washington Post Fact Checker blog, 9/25/08: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/mccain_works_the_refs.html ]