PolitiFact is back at it again, showing that they don't even know the meaning of fact. Tuesday night they gave President Obama a half true for this statement in the SOTU:
in the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005
PolitiFact originally called that only half true but now have changed it to mostly true, with this editor's note:
EDITOR’S NOTE: Our original Half True rating was based on an interpretation that Obama was crediting his policies for the jobs increase. But we've concluded that he was not making that linkage as strongly as we initially believed and have decided to change the ruling to Mostly True. The original article is archived here.
Here's what they originally nailed Obama on:
As for whether 2011 was the best job-producing year since 2005, he’s right if you’re counting private-sector jobs, and slightly off if you’re counting all jobs.
But the President specifically said business, meaning private sector. He didn't at all mention government jobs. This is back to the definition of what "is" is.
So what is PolitiFact dinging him on now? Here we go back to the updated article:
Finally, there's another dimension. In his remarks, Obama described the damage to the economy, including losing millions of jobs "before our policies were in full effect." Then he describe the subsequent job increases. This suggests that he’s taking a degree of credit for the job growth, which runs counter to the reality that no mayor or governor or president deserves all the blame or all the credit for changes in employment.
Catch that? Read that highlighted part again. They say it "suggests that he’s taking a degree of credit for the job growth" and ding him by saying he doesn't deserve all the credit. It didn't even take a paragraph for PolitiFact to counter themselves - they did it in a single sentence. They blame him for taking full credit right after saying he took a DEGREE of credit.
It's obvious that
PolitiFact PolitiHack has some apparent policy against giving the President a full truth. There's plenty to question him on, but this one he did get the facts straight and the "fact checkers" totally got it wrong.