Attila the Pun
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Here we go again...
Further coverage of the Vice-Presedential debate in today's Age.
A slip of the tongue by the vice president during last night's debate with Senator John Edwards led web surfers to a site run by George Soros, a billionaire who makes no secret of his opposition to the Bush administration.
In answering a question about his involvement with Halliburton, a major government contractor in Iraq, Cheney meant to direct people to FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan site run by the University of Pennsylvania.
He urged people watching the debate to go to the site for facts countering Edwards' statements about the corporation Cheney used to run.
But Cheney cited FactCheck.com, a for-profit advertising site based in the Cayman Islands.
Mr Cheney also made another debate mistake. After what initially seemed like it might go down in history as one of those killer debate moments Cheney, who presides over the Senate, said he'd never met Senator John Edwards until their encounter in Cleveland.
But the bon mot backfired. Cheney was wrong.
It also was a stretch for Cheney to suggest that he frequently presides over the Senate.
Cheney wields the gavel only when he's needed to cast tie-breaking votes, which happened only three times in 2003.
Fair enough, Cheney shanked it on the website, and is going to get called on it. Nor do I wish to get into an argument that Cheney's comments were referring to Edwards' absence from voting, as opposed to cermonial appearences.
What I do want to ask, is what about Edwards' errors? In an article purporting to fact check the debate, why are only Cheney's bloopers getting a run.
Lets have a look at the non-partisan factcheck.org shall we?
Edwards twice accused the administration of having "lobbied the Congress" to cut the combat pay of troops in Iraq, when in fact the White House never supported such a plan.
He implied that Cheney was in charge of the company when it did business with Libya in violation of US sanctions, but that happened long before Cheney joined the company
Anybody here surprised that the article is hopelessly one sided? Nope, didn't think so.
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