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Giuliani gives wings to an oft-perpetuated lie

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Disputed Definition - +0 Lies

Rudy Giuliani at the RNC:

And being a “Top Gun” kind of guy, he became a fighter pilot.

According to factcheck.org:

McCain was a bomber pilot, and he himself makes this clear on page 173 of his book “Faith of my Fathers”: “I trained exclusively in the A-4 Skyhawk, the small bomber that I would soon fly in combat missions.”

Giuliani went on auto-pilot, repeating this lie told repeatedly over the life of the campaign by various surrogates and journalists.

Update: To be clear, one of our editors remains convinced this is a lie repeated not just by Giuliani, but also by sources like the New York Times. While there seems ample evidence that ‘fighter pilots’ and ‘bomber pilots’ are distinct job in the military, and that John McCain’s job was a ‘bomber pilot’, there appears to be enormous public confusion on the dwindling distinction between those jobs. Therefore, we are removing the point attributed to this entry.

Guliani’s deceptive about Obama’s Russia/Georgia response

Friday, September 5th, 2008

According to Rudy Guliani from the RNC:

Later, after discussing [Russia and Georgia's conflict] with his 300 foreign-policy advisers, [Obama] changed his position and suggested that the U.N. Security Council could find a solution. Apparently, none of his 300 advisers told him that Russia has a veto on any U.N. action.

Guliani must have a unique metric for what a changed position looks like. Obama’s first statement after the conflict began was:

All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.

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