Does Tavis Smiley Think Obama Lied about the Stimulus?
On today’s Morning Joe, PBS host Tavis Smiley accused the Bush administration of lying to the American people about WMD in Iraq. This is a popular liberal canard. It even made Jon Meacham, former editor of Newsweek, and no friend to the cause defend George Bush:
Smiley tries to re-define the word “lie” as giving information that turns out to be incorrect, whether or not you knew it to be at the time. Logically, then Tavis Smiley must think Obama lied about the stimulus plan’s impact on unemployment. Obama said that the stimulus would keep unemployment under 8%. It’s been over 9% for almost his entire presidency. By Tavis Smiley’s definition, Obama lied to the American people. He wanted a Kenseyian solution, and he sold the stimulus bill to the American people. The fact that Obama honestly believed the stimulus would work is, according to Smiley, irrelevant.
By Tavis Smiley’s confused attempt at logic, Merle Hodge lied when he said the Rams would beat the Eagles this week; and the entire sports world lied when they said the Patriots would beat my beloved Giants in Superbowl XLII. It’s an idiotic stance to take, and if liberals at PBS think NPR was right for firing Juan Williams, PBS should take a long look at Tavis Smiley’s contract.