On Tuesday, Factcheck.org announced in an article posted at Yahoo.com that Barack Obama overstated the number of jobs he created in a new ad by over 4 million.
According to a new Obama for America ad, the President claims to have created 5.2 million jobs.
“The total added during his time in office is actually about 325,000,” Factcheck.org said.
The report said the number in Obama’s ad is “doubly misleading,” and explains:
- Viewers would need to pay close attention to the on-screen graphic to know that the ad refers only to employment gains starting in March 2010, omitting the 4.3 million jobs that were lost in the first year of Obama’s term.
- And there’s no way a viewer would know that the total counts only private-sector jobs, omitting continuing losses in government employment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the economy has eked out a net gain of 325,000 jobs since January 2009, when Obama took office,” Factcheck added, a far cry from 5.2 million.
If one looks only at private sector jobs created since February 2010, Factcheck said, the number is “just under” 5.2 million, provided “that credit is given for roughly 453,000 private-sector jobs to be added next year through the BLS benchmarking process.”
While Factcheck says other statements in the ad are “essentially accurate,” viewers who visit Obama’s website will “find false and misleading claims,” including one that says Romney “criticized the end of the Iraq war as ‘tragic,’ and has offered no plan withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.”
Factcheck says Romney did no such thing, but “used that word to describe the president’s pace of troop withdrawal, not ending a war.”
Besides, they said, “there is no longer any difference between Romney’s position and Obama’s plan to pull all U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.”
Apparently, truth really doesn’t matter in politics anymore.
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