Matthews and Gingrich distort and disparage about the presidential campaign

Posted on August 27, 2012 by

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The MSNBC program, “Hardball,” deteriorated into anger, silliness, and factual errors tonight.

Host Chris Matthews interviewed former House Speaker and presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Matthews objected to Mitt Romney’s comment over the weekend to a crowd in Michigan that “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

There’s something that bothers us beyond the fact that we think Romney was making a joke, partly because his previous two sentences were about loving being home where he and his wife, Ann, were born and raised.

The point we’d like to make is that no one knows what the candidate was thinking when he spoke that line except Mr. Romney himself. We have said repeatedly that too many people presume they know why someone does something as if they can get in a person’s mind to determine a motive.

Matthews said during the conversation about the President “that he had to go Hawaii to get his documents released.”

False. The President was not required to go.”

To make the issue even more ridiculous, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement,  as reported by Politico, “Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them…. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America,…”

The statement accentuates the tone of attack and distortion that marks many political campaigns. Romney certainly did not “enlist himself in the birther movement/strong>.”

Gingrich referred to the current situation as “[T]he Obama depression.”

A casual comment that Gingrich has made several times and is false. We’re not in a depression.

The subject turned to the Republican statement that a recent proposal by Pres. Obama ended the work requirement for receiving welfare.  

False as determined by at least three fact-checking organizations. Here’s what PolitiFact determined:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/07/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-barack-obamas-plan-abandons-tenet/