Greg Sargent comes to a perfectly sensible conclusion regarding FactCheck.org and Politifact's hand-wringing over Democratic charges that Mitt Romney's "plan" (such as it is) will raise taxes on the middle class: "This"--the hand-wringing--"is a bit silly."
Indeed it's thumping preposterous. No, of course Romney hasn't vowed to raise taxes; it's just that he'd have no choice, since he has vowed to remain revenue neutral in all his tax-cutting gimmickry. And in that case, necessity would become the royal mother of really reaming the middle class.
But if Sargent thinks that's silly, he should check out CNN's apparently sincere, deeply grave "Fact Check" of Obama's job creation, mentioned frequently last night:
The figure of 4.5 million jobs is accurate if you look at the most favorable period and category for the administration [which is the period from which Obama's policies had had time to kick in]. But overall, there are still fewer people working now than when Obama took office at the height of the recession [my shocked emphasis].
And that's a fact. Duly checked. By CNN. The most trusted name in news. Which is here to tell us that if one counts the number of jobs created under the Obama administration since the day he took office--when we were hemorrhaging like a gazillion jobs an hour--well, then Obama's net gain doesn't look nearly as good.
Now that's silly.