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Michelle Bachmann Short on Truth in 60 Minutes Interview

Account Closed 2011/06/30 16:55:55
Politifacts nails Bachmann. It seems Ms Bachmann has a hard time telling the truth, Politifacts rates her barely truthful on 3 out of four and a Blatant liar on one.

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann on 'Face the Nation'

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson
Published on Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 6:23 p.m.

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Barely True
"Under Barack Obama the last two years, the number of federal limousines for bureaucrats has increased 73 percent."

Michele Bachmann, Sunday, June 26th, 2011.

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False
"The president released all of the oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve."

Michele Bachmann, Sunday, June 26th, 2011.

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Barely True
"The CBO, the Congressional Budget Office has said that Obamacare will kill 800,000 jobs."

Michele Bachmann, Monday, June 13th, 2011.

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Pants on Fire!
"One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office."

Michele Bachmann, Saturday, March 26th, 2011.

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Barely True
"The White House promised us that all the spending would keep unemployment under 8 percent."

Michele Bachmann, Tuesday, January 25th, 2011.

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Michele Bachmann appeared on 'Face the Nation' to discuss her candidacy for president.

Michele Bachmann is no stranger to PolitiFact. We've rated many of her provocative statements over the last few years. Bachmann, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, is now running for president, and a poll over the weekend showed her in a tie for first place in the Iowa caucuses.

On Sunday June 26, 2011, Bachmann appeared on CBS' Face the Nation and was interviewed by journalist Bob Schieffer. Schieffer reviewed some of PolitiFact's findings and asked Bachmann about her record for inaccurate statements.

We've reported two new fact-checks from Bachmann's interview. Bachmann also repeated several talking points we've already reviewed and found less than fully accurate, so we'll review those items as well.

From farm subsidies to limousines

Schieffer asked Bachmann about farm subsidies and whether they should be cut from the budget. Bachmann didn't answer the question directly.

"I think everything needs to be on the table right now, every part of government," Bachmann said. "I'll tell you one thing that should be on the table, under Barack Obama the last two years, the number of federal limousines for bureaucrats has increased 73 percent, in two years. I can’t think of anything more reprehensible than seeing bureaucrats on their cell phones in the backs."

Her statement is based on a report from the Center for Public Integrity, but digging into the report shows some of the methodology is questionable. There's no standard definition for a limousine, and the General Services Administration, which compiled the numbers, said it wasn't sure they were accurate. Also, it's possible some of the "limousines" were ordered the Bush administration. We rated her statement Barely True.

Facts about oil

At one point in the interview, Bachmann criticized President Obama's energy policy, or what she called the lack thereof.

"It’s ironic and sad that the president released all of the oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve because the president doesn’t have an energy policy," she said.

Actually, the government only released 30 million barrels out of a total of 727 million barrels, or about 4 percent. So we rated that False.

Schieffer also asked her about a previous misstatement on oil, that the Obama administration has only issued one new drilling permit in all the time Obama has been in office. We rated that Pants on Fire, the actual number is well over 200.

Jobs, the health care law and the stimulus

Bachmann also repeated some claims about joblessness, putting the blame on the Obama administration. In both cases, we found Bachmann was stretching the truth.

Bachmann said one of the problems with the economy is that business felt there was too much uncertainty to hire. One of the problems, she said, was the health care law that Obama signed into law last year.

"They know that Obamacare is coming down the pike. The Congressional Budget Office estimated Obamacare will cost the economy 800,000 jobs," she said. Schieffer interrupted her here to say, "That is data that other people would question."

But Bachmann continued, "Well, that's the Congressional Budget Office. That's not Michele Bachmann. That's Congressional Budget Office figures saying that we have the potential of losing 800,000 jobs. Why in this economy would you put this very expensive, unwieldy program that's going to cost jobs when job creation is our real problem right now."

We looked at a similar statement she made just a few weeks ago. There could be the equivalentof 800,000 fewer workers, thanks to the federal health care law, according to the CBO, but not because employers wouldn't hire them. It's primarily because people now working just to retain health insurance would either reduce their hours or leave the job market altogether. Under the new law, these workers wouldn't need to have jobs to find affordable health care coverage. There could also be more economic productivity because of the health care law, the CBO said. We rated her statement Barely True.

Finally, Schieffer reviewed PolitiFact's analysis of her statements and asked her for a response about her statements that were proved factually wrong. "Do you feel you have misled people?"

"No, I haven't misled people at all," Bachmann answered. "I think the question would be asked of President Obama, when you told the American people that, if we borrow $1 trillion from other countries and spend it on a stimulus, that we won't have unemployment go above 8 percent, and today, as we are sitting here, it's 9.1 percent, and the economy is tanking -- that is what's serious. That's a very serious statement that the president made. Did he mislead the American people? Not only did he mislead the American people, he's caused our economy to go down to depths that we haven't seen. That's what's serious."

We looked at a similar statement from Bachmann back in January. To begin with, those words never literally came out of Obama's mouth. Rather, the basis for the claim is a single report prepared by economists in his administration.

The report included a chart projecting unemployment rates, both with and without the stimulus. Without the stimulus (the baseline), unemployment was projected to hit about 8.5 percent in 2009 and then continue rising to about 9 percent in 2010. With the stimulus, they predicted the unemployment rate would peak at just under 8 percent in 2009. As we all know now, the unemployment rate went higher.

The administration now says that the economists simply set the baseline too low, that the economy was more precarious than they thought. At the time, the economists included plenty of disclaimers saying the predictions had "significant margins of error" and a higher degree of uncertainty due to a recession that is "unusual both in its fundamental causes and its severity." In short, it was an economic projection with warnings of a high margin for error, not a take-it-to-the-bank pledge of an upper limit on unemployment.

We rated her statement Barely True.




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  • Jimbo 2011/06/30 21:30:53
    Jimbo
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    Schieffer asked some people have said you have stretched the truth or told outright lies, what is your answer to them? When you hear Schieffer say, thank you but I don't think you answered the question (went on the attack on Obama changing the subject), you know you've only heard a clueless attack dog.
    Wallace asked "Are you a flake?" making his bosses angry forcing his apology. Schieffer on Face The Nation pointed out Politifact's 23 lies and misreads by Bachmann, said "She did not answer the question." Maddow has done more than one segment on Bachmann lies. Conservatives love her attack dog hatchet job full of lies going after Obama.

    Fox News Chris Wallace didn't press the Bachmann on any
    specific statement, be it that President Barack Obama was
    creating a gangster government, that anti-American sentiment existed in
    Congress, that NATO air strikes had killed up to 30,000 civilians in
    Libya. He did touch on the broader point. "Are you a flake?" he asked. Bachmann was offended by the line of inquiry. "I think that would
    be insulting to say something like that because I'm a serious person,"
    she explained. She is not a serious person per the following analysis.

    Schieffer usually got an indirect answer or change the subject answer from her on many of his questions, finally sayi...

























    Schieffer asked some people have said you have stretched the truth or told outright lies, what is your answer to them? When you hear Schieffer say, thank you but I don't think you answered the question (went on the attack on Obama changing the subject), you know you've only heard a clueless attack dog.
    Wallace asked "Are you a flake?" making his bosses angry forcing his apology. Schieffer on Face The Nation pointed out Politifact's 23 lies and misreads by Bachmann, said "She did not answer the question." Maddow has done more than one segment on Bachmann lies. Conservatives love her attack dog hatchet job full of lies going after Obama.

    Fox News Chris Wallace didn't press the Bachmann on any
    specific statement, be it that President Barack Obama was
    creating a gangster government, that anti-American sentiment existed in
    Congress, that NATO air strikes had killed up to 30,000 civilians in
    Libya. He did touch on the broader point. "Are you a flake?" he asked. Bachmann was offended by the line of inquiry. "I think that would
    be insulting to say something like that because I'm a serious person,"
    she explained. She is not a serious person per the following analysis.

    Schieffer usually got an indirect answer or change the subject answer from her on many of his questions, finally saying she did not answer my question. On the 23 Politifact falsehoods, no sensible reply. Politifact has these pants on fire falsehoods.
    "Speaker Pelosi ... has been busy sticking the taxpayer with her
    $100,000 bar tab for alcohol on the military jets that she's flying.", Friday, September 17th, 2010.
    Page
    92 of the House health care bill "says specifically that people can't
    purchase private health insurance after a date certain." ,October 30th, 2009.

    ACORN
    will be a paid partner with the Census Bureau and "they will be in
    charge of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American
    public." , Wednesday, June 17th, 2009.
    Says the Constitution only requires her to tell the census "how many people are in our home."
    , Wednesday, June 17th, 2009.
    In the 1970s, "the swine flu broke out . . . under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter." ,Monday, April 27th, 2009.
    The full story from Politifact at
    http://www.politifact.com/tru...

    Rachel Maddow on Bachmann lies. 1/10th of the US Navy (34 warships) and 200 million dollars a day to ferry Obama around to India. "He'll be taking 2000 people and rent 870 rooms at taxpayer expense." "Muslims are exempt from Obamacare (ACA)." "Moving America off the dollar and into a global currency." She compared Acorn's work being used to our rounding up the Japanese to put them into internment camps. The full story with the full video about conservative brainwashing
    http://sistersagesmusings.ca/...
    Bachmann's flying imans statement on them shouting anti-American, anti-Bush rants is another falsehood pointed out by Maddow.
    http://www.dumpbachmann.com/2...
    On Bachmann's chief of staff quitting a House conservative said "When your captain is crazy, it's time to abandon ship."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    During the presidential debate Bachmann had no economic plan besides the failure of trickle down, no regulation recession making. She criticized Obama for spending less than a billion to get rid of Int'l Court atrocity indicted Gadhafi, while kudos for the over trillion spent in Iraq getting rid of Saddam. Hypocrisy at it's finest. All the ACA claims not true, have been recycled by Bachmann on numerous occasions. Her call to obey the constitution does not apply to her wanting religion in government.

    This well deserved critique of Bachmann uses fact, too bad her followers are too lazy to fact check and analyze her positions.
    (more)
  • MichaelJ 2011/06/30 18:40:16
    MichaelJ
    Didn't have enough to go through all of them. Just looked at two.

    They acknowledge that the fleet listed as limousines has indeed increased 73% but then started saying it depends on what you call a limo and said that some weren't really Limo's. Well unless the definition of a Limo has charged since the last administration then they are counted the same. This kind of reminds me of Slick Willy redefining the definition of sex.

    The other is Bachmann says Obama is releasing all of the oil out of the stratigraphic reserve. They make a big deal out of this statement but ignore the next paragraph where she mentions that we have only so much oil in the reserve and it should be for a national emergency. Completely ignoring the obvious fact that she was referring to not the entire reserve but the 30 to 60 million barrels the President did agree to release.

    Judging just by the two I had the time to check, this is just the standard election driven bull that's become standard in American Politics.
  • Libby 2011/06/30 17:59:47
    Libby
    This chick is a dick. She dodges questions like Bush dodged Viet Nam and she has the audacity to believe Americans are stupid and won't notice her lies and misconceptions. For this behavior to become acceptable by the right says a lot about how much they truly care about our country and it brings into question just what is their definition of a patriot. If you have to lie to improve your image you have no self confidence and your character is non-existent.

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