In Basu’s article, “Clinton gives economics lessons for why Obama trumps Romney,” written on September 7th, 2012, she explains how Bill Clinton endorsed the president.
First off let me begin by saying that I have always had issues with opinion articles, however, this one may have changed my mind. Many opinion articles lack sources, however, props to Ms. Basu for letting us know that she used www.factcheck.org.
Now, on to the facts. Basu writes that “Clinton did what Obama has faulted himself for not doing — offered a narrative.” According to the NPR transcript of Clinton’s speech, he states “President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did, no president — not me or any of my predecessors, could have repaired all the damage in just four years.” This quote is the same as Basu found.
Basu says that 750,00 jobs were being lost when Obama took office, although according to www.epi.org, the monthly job loss for 2008 accelerated from 82,000 jobs in the first quarter to 510,000 in the fourth quarter.
As for the tax cuts, it seems that according to Mitt Romney’s, www.mittromney.com website, the cutting of $5 trillion is true.
The problem that I’ve frequently found with opinion columns is that the columnists leave out portions of news, or “distort” the truth to help get their point across, however, I think that if more columnists took the initiative to fact check their own facts, then the news can be distributed with less fault.
What do you think? Let us know and read the original article here.