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Robert Waldmann: Glenn Kessler's Nose Is Very Long Indeed...

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

Robert's Stochastic Thoughts:

Glenn Kessler has been... calling Romney lies lies. But he does feel the need for Ballance.  So in his latest he recalls giving the Obama campaign 4 Pinocchios for a claim about Romney and Bain which was supported by massive documentation.... Kessler fell for Romney lies and just won't admit he was wrong.  I also think he feels that he must Ballance his criticisms of Romney.... Kessler is also clearly wrong on the substance.  Also the June fact check which he brings up only for Ballance bases his decision on what "seems".... I give Kessler 4 Posties for arrogant refusal to admit he is fallible, stubborness and Ballance....

My comment

You just won't let your stubborn insistence that official SEC documents don't matter go, will you.  I had decided to forget about your Bain fact-check gross error, but you have chosen to re-repeat it.

I quote from your 4 pinocchio fact check

the Obama campaign supplied reams of additional SEC documents regarding Romney’s ownership in Bain after he left for the Olympics, most of which we had examined previously when we first looked at this question. The campaign also supplied SEC documents showing that two of these companies, Modus and SMTC, as well as one called Stream International (a predecessor of Modus), earned money in part by helping other companies subcontract work overseas. Some of this business predated Romney’s departure from Bain, but thus far it seems a slim case for this particular ad.

So you concede that the basic claim in the ad is accurate, then give it 4 Pinocchios on the basis of "seems".... I suggest you consider that it might be and stop writing about what "seems".

I also note your pathetically totally utterly dishonest use of the word "ownership." Romney's continued ownership of Bain when he was in Utah for the Olimpics has never been contested.... You decided that your hunches count for more than official documents by citing an anonymous legal source.... You did not explain why you granted anonymity. I can't imagine a justification....

You asked the Romney campaign if Romney attended board meetings (as sole shareholder and chairman of the board at the time. when they refused to answer (tacitly conceeding that he had)  you said that moving forward your writing on the matter would be different as you would consider claims on a "case by case basis"....

Everyone makes mistakes. Your refusal to accept that you do to threatens your standing as a fact checker.

"Threatens" his standing?

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