PolitiFact Texas Thinks Rick Perry's Body Art Is A Little Misleading

Rick Perry is so good at Twitter. A few days ago, he posted the gem above, complete with that extremely OG photo. Seems pretty clear, right? Barack Obama has added $16 trillion to the national debt. And Rick Perry is so tough, as one of my colleagues pointed out, that he can wear a long-sleeved white shirt and no undershirt outside on a 90-degree day in Texas without sprouting any un-gubernatorial pit stains.

The governor's anti-sweating powers are impressive, to be sure. But the knuckle-message is rather misleading, according to PolitiFact Texas.

Nobody is debating that the national debt hovers around $16 trillion, a number that makes our stomachs feel as though we're in an elevator plummeting downward. But to imply -- or say outright, actually -- that Obama's added that amount to the debt is false, they ruled.

"[N]early two thirds of that unprecedented total accumulated before Obama became president," the website wrote. "To be fair, too, changes in the debt cannot be laid on any president alone. Actions by members of both parties, over years, helped build the debt."

Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the website that their argument is "split[ing hairs," adding "I've explained to you the intent behind the governor's tweet... It is widely known that" that the national debt is $16 trillion, she said, "And climbing and that is what the governor was referring to. At least he recognizes the real figure, while President Obama is either oblivious or chooses to ignore it."

Fine. Now, let's talk about those cufflinks.

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MissMacy
MissMacy

Why do Republicans always insist that President Obama is "ignoring" the national debt ... or anything else, for that matter? He's the only person in Washington who's actually doing anything substantial about it. Congress just whines and obstructs.

d-may
d-may

Three things!1. Obama isn't responsible for all of that.2. Most of what was added under Obama's watch was in the 2009 deficit which was left to him by Bush.3. Uh..... oops. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Republicans would love for the public to believe that their multi-trillion dollar deficit magically appeared on the day Obama was inaugurated.  Oh, how they wish they could throw pixie dust and make the bush years vanish from history!

MisterMean
MisterMean

How about a tongue stud for each lie Rick has told? 

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

It's math like his that gives our state a bad name.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Goldie Hawn was so much better at this. Sock it to me.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Better headline:  "Democrat Spin Website with "fact" in its name butthurt over Rick Perry's existence"

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @dallas.l.may top 3 drivers other than the recession itself, Bush tax cuts, medicare part D, and unfunded wars!   That Obama!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @ChrisYu I'm going to choose to leave this article with the lovely vision of the Laugh-In era Goldie Hawn in my head rather than the scowling countenance of Perry in that picture.

 

He's really PISSED, isn't he?

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @everlastingphelps PolitiFact is a creation of the Tampa Bay Times. PolitiFact Texas is created in partnership with the Austin-American Statesman. You can call them "Democrat spin websites," but you would be wrong. 

 

Also, who could be butthurt over Rick Perry's existence, when he brings so much joy to our Twitter feeds each and every day?   

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer In Texan Rick Perry means dumbass.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Anna_Merlan So what you are saying is that you don't believe that the Tampa Bay Times and Austin Statesman lean far left?

 

Seriously, that is what you are hanging your hat on?

ket354
ket354

Yeah, but why do you even need to turn to them: it is factually wrong on its face, not "misleading" or "misleading according to politfact texas" - just plain wrong.

 

As a reporter can't you point out when politicians lie by simply referring to the facts rather than some fact checking body?

 

Sure, you can give them credit for bringing it to your attention, if you must. But we all know you follow the goober's tweets, so why even refer to them.

 

See goober lie, ask goober's press folks why he is lying, report on the lie and the false justification for the lie. Takes out the middleman and second guessing of the middleman's motivations.

 

That's all.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Anna_Merlan Yeah, it competes like Mao competed with Stalin.  And the St. Petersberg Times wasn't known as Florida Pravda for nothing.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @everlastingphelps Phelps, man, I think you and I have very different definitions of a "far left-leaning" newspaper. The Statesman and the Tampa Bay Times are both pretty standard major dailies. The Statesman competes with the left-leaning alternative, actually, and if I'm not mistaken they just ran an opinion piece by Greg Abbott not too long ago. Those commies. 

 

I wish I had a hat. I'd hang it everywhere. Are you hanging yours on the argument that Obama created the entire deficit? Because Rick Perry's magnificent sense of personal style aside, I think most people could agree that argument is just wrong on its face. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

seriously, you are trying to defend rick perry?

 

yikes.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @everlastingphelps  @Brad  @Anna_Merlan The Deficit is not $16 trillion.  The deficit is $1 1/4 Trillion.   The present debt is $16 trillion.  Our future obligations are in excess of $60 billion.  

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @ket354 Ha, I just meant that I blog about that stuff so much it's turning into a damn novella. 

 

Jim is a great journalist. Plus, he keeps a huge jar of animal crackers in his office. They're getting a bit stale, but it's still a nice gesture.  

ket354
ket354

 @Anna_Merlan You're right, nobody has time to track down every Perry lie.

 

It is just frustrating that when a flat out lie is exposed the source of exposure is attacked. Who cares if it was pointed out by the Grand Wizard of the KKK, the fact remains that Perry is lying. It is right there, no interpretation necessary.

 

And I do understand the aggregating purpose of the blog and wanting to point out good work by others. And best of luck on your book, it does sound quite depressing but worth writing lest we forget what an unmitigated ass this governor has become.  

 

But I will not buy into this story of Jim being an actual journalist. Nope, just not credible.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @ket354 Good point. What Perry said was obviously untrue, and we didn't particularly need a second opinion to point that out. And we often "point out when politicians lie."  I seem to be in the middle of writing a very depressing book about shit Rick Perry and his cohort say about women's health services.  Jim Schutze has spent the last 15+ years writing about the bizarre and shifting justifications local pols have for putting a toll road in a floodplain. Etc.  

 

But this blog is both for our own reporting and for aggregating. In this case, I was pointing out an interesting conversation that happened elsewhere. Plus, PolitiFact Texas is a great, impartial site, and it's always nice to credit them for the research they do.  

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