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Wapo Gives Obama Official 4 Pinocchios Again For Another Sequester Lie

Posted on the 28 February 2013 by Susanduclos @SusanDuclos

By Susan Duclos
Barack Obama, Democrats and White House officials are racking up the sequester lies and it is pretty bad when the main stream Obama media starts calling them out of those lies.
Obama's previous claim that the GOP proposed the sequester was given four Pinocchios back in 2012, yet his administration continues to repeat the lie continuously, hoping if they says it enough, people will start to believe it.
Yesterday, Washington Post handed out another four Pinocchios for Obama's  Education Secretary Arne Duncan, CBS’s “Face the Nation,” statement "here are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall."
This follows on the heels of the exposure of another misrepresentation (read-LIE) coming from the Obama administration.

“In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, the OMB sent a detailed report to Congress in September 2012. But there's a small problem with the report: One of the cuts it warns against would affect an agency that no longer exists--and didn't exist when the OMB sent its report to congress.  The first line item on page 121 of the OMB's September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that's slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012--three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress.” (Mike Riggs, “White House Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists,” Reason’s Hit And Run, 2/25/13)

Washington Post and Reason aren't the only ones in the media calling out Democrats, White House officials and Obama's lies, as IBD clearly demonstrates with quotes:
Case in point is CNN's Candy Crowley.
Last seen helping Obama during one of the presidential debates, Crowley was incredulous at what Obama's transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, was saying about sequester-caused air travel nightmares.
Even with the budget cuts, she said, the FAA will have "$500 million more than 2008, (when) the planes were running just fine," adding, "surely there must be things inside the FAA budget where you can get rid of 4%."
NBC's David Gregory was surprisingly skeptical, too, asking LaHood if he actually believed "Americans think that government can't tighten up a bit."
Politico, meanwhile, ran a story wondering whether Obama was "telling the truth about sequestration," and pointed out that "dramatic predictions about long lines at airports and the loss of special education funding involve some large assumptions."
The story also noted that agency heads "had trouble specifying how they arrived at specific numbers the White House presented."
And the AP on Tuesday blew huge holes in various administration doom-and-gloom claims, calling them "sky-is-falling hype."
The AP, for example, found no evidence to back up administration claims about teacher layoffs. It also pointed out that the airline industry thinks the sequester will have "no major impact on air travel," and that various numbers bandied about by Obama were "thrown out into thin air with no anchor."
But the sequester skepticism prize goes to Bob Woodward, who blasted Obama Wednesday for claiming the sequester made it impossible to deploy another aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. "That's a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time," he said.

It seems some in the media are not prepared to let Obama drag them off the proverbial cliff with him on the issue of Obama's sequester.  

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