NY Times 'fact checker' needs his 'facts' checked

After the second presidential debate, the New York Times put several assertions by the candidates under its "fact-checking" microscope, including a Mitt Romney statement that President Obama favored putting "daylight between us and Israel." However, in parsing Romney's remark, the Times' Richard A. Oppel, Jr., does some fact-stretching and fact-mangling of his own. Oppel starts by acknowledging that, according to a Washington Post article, Obama did in fact tell Jewish leaders in 2009 that "when there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states." You'd think this would be sufficient evidence to validate Romney's remark about Obama's inclination to put  distance between Jerusalem and Washington. But Oppel is just getting started, with an obvious attempt to protect Obama from charges that, under this president, the U.S.-Israeli alliance is often considerably frayed. First, Oppel argues that Obama didn't explicitly...(Read Full Post)