The Tampa Bay Times, the paper that puts out (and funds) the supposedly unbiased PolitiFact, has just enthusiastically endorsed President Obama for a second term. The Times writes that “[w]ithout hesitation” it “recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.” The paper cites Obama’s “steady leadership.” It’s no wonder the Times is backing Obama. As its endorsement makes clear, the Times supports Obamacare, the “stimulus,” Dodd-Frank, Obama’s proposed tax hikes, his handling of foreign policy, his handling of immigration, his efforts to redefine marriage, his not being pro-life, and his economic stewardship.
In other words, the Times is a full-spectrum Obama supporter. And we’re supposed to believe that those who write — and rule — for PolitiFact, described in its own words as “a project of the Tampa Bay Times,” are not?
The Times’s gushing endorsement reads like an official publication of the Obama campaign, complete with shameless parroting of a myriad of Obama’s favorite talking points. The Times writes that recovering from “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression” has “proven more difficult than anyone imagined.” However, “conditions would be far worse without the president’s steady leadership,” and this “is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past.” Moreover, there have been “31 straight months of job growth, and more than 5 million private sector jobs have been created.”
(Never mind that, according to tallies released by the Obama administration’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics, the portion of Americans over the age of 16 who are employed was 60.6 percent when Obama took office, deteriorated to 59.4 percent by the last month of the recession—in June 2009—and, more than three years into the Obama “recovery,” has now dropped to 58.7 percent—lower than under any other president in the past quarter of a century.)
Of Obama’s $831,000,000,000 debt-financed stimulus (which has been so embarrassingly ineffective that the Obama administration, despite its legal obligation, no longer releases quarterly reports describing its effects), the Times writes that it “stopped the collapse.” The Times adds that repealing Dodd-Frank “would be a mistake and invite the abuses that contributed to the economic crisis.”
As for Obamacare, the Times declares that “Obama’s signature legislative achievement” offers “sweeping health care reform that presidents from both political parties unsuccessfully pursued for decades.” It tellingly adds that Obamacare “is a historic step toward universal health care.”
Moving on to foreign policy, the Times writes that “it took courage to order the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.” On immigration, it states that Obama “took the initiative” (read: exceeded his legal and constitutional authority) “to let young undocumented immigrants of promise stay in this country legally if they are in school, high school graduates or serve in the military.” (Being a high school graduate now qualifies one as a person “of promise”?) The Times adds, “Any hope for broad immigration reform to keep and attract the best and the brightest regardless of their birthplace lies with the incumbent Democrat.”
Its next line is, “So do prospects for continued progress on civil rights,” including the “right” to have marriage redefined. Still on “civil rights,” the Times praises Obama for “steadfastly support[ing] abortion rights,” while Romney’s election could threaten “a woman’s right to control her own body.”