O'Beirne Repeats "Truthiness" On American Support For Troop Redeployment; Russert Fails To Notice
The names may have changed on today’s edition of NBC’s Meet The Press, but the false claim was the same.
Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told guest host David Gregory, “Most of the Americans, when you’re asked, “Do you want to set a date for withdrawal,” say no.
This morning, conservative pundit Kate O’Beirne repeated the false claim to host Tim Russert.
O’BEIRNE: "Despite all of the bad news and how pessimistic the public is, they do not support leaving prematurely, and a timetable to do so."
And like last week, when Gregory failed to challenge McCain, Russert today failed to challenge O’Beirne..
This is “truthiness.” Conservatives don’t want to admit that polls show that 57% of Americans say they want to see troop redeployment from Iraq within a year.. Deny this truth, and you can start making all sorts of false claims about what the American people want.
It’s all part of a concerted effort to make an American majority feel as if it’s out-of-step -- that wanting to see a gradual withdrawal from Iraq is somehow a fringe liberal belief.
And as long as hosts like Russert and Gregory allow these false claims to go unchallenged, conservatives can continue to proceed with that concerted effort.