Team Romney's War Against Facts

The Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page, who admits that both major political parties "shade the truth," says the Romney campaign has been especially guilty of the practice this election season.

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The Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page, who admits that both major political parties "shade the truth," says the Romney campaign is especially bad.

It's hard to tell who had a looser grip on reality as the Republican National Convention wrapped up -- Clint Eastwood or Mitt Romney's spin doctors…

[T]here's no excuse for the fantasies repeated by myth-building politicians such as the evening's star speaker, presidential nominee Mitt Romney, even after nonpartisan media fact-checkers have found the statements to be untrue.

For example, Romney grandly promised, "I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour." Ah, there goes "apology tour" again. The line lives in Republican stump speeches, despite having won "four Pinocchios" months ago from the Washington Post's fact-checker Glenn Kessler, among others.

In fact, the president never has apologized for anything on his foreign trips, though previous presidents have. George W. Bush, for example, in a news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah apologized for the humiliation suffered by Iraqi prisoners. But apologies were not such a big issue then.

Read Clarence Page's entire piece at the Chicago Tribune.

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