7.07.2009

Boehner Forced To Retract Stimulus Lies

On Sunday, John Boehner claimed to Fox "news" Host, Chris Wallace, "Ohio, the infrastructure dollars that were sent there months ago. There hasn't been a contract let, to my knowledge. And, I don't think it will create jobs."

Boehner, as usual, was full of shit. From Media Matters:


...In fact, in a June 15 update on the state's stimulus spending, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) stated, "Combined with the contracts awarded so far using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT has awarded more than $83.9 million in contracts for work on 52 projects -- a combination of interstate, local roadway and bridge modernization projects."

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A June 8 Associated Press article reported: "President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic spending package reached Ohio's roads Monday when construction crews began work on a highway project in Cleveland. The $1.8 million project will widen a ramp from Interstate 490 to Interstate 77, and other stimulus projects are scheduled to begin in weeks."

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And being full of shit, Boehner made Worst Persons on last night's Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann:

Well, now he's been forced to backtrack. From Plain Dealer's Joan Mazzolin:

Karl Frisch, senior fellow for Media Matters, a media watchdog group that monitors news reports, said it seemed that Boehner, a Republican from West Chester in southwestern Ohio, might want to be more aware of what's going on in his home state.

Frisch said he also wanted Wallace to have some basic facts on the stimulus spending in Ohio if he's going to interview Boehner on the topic.

"This is something pretty basic," said Frisch. "If you're going to interview someone on stimulus funding, you should know something about it." Media Matters, a nonprofit "progressive research and information center," monitors daily newspapers, Sunday news talk shows, and other media outlets looking for and correcting conservative misinformation.

The aim is to put the spotlight on the media to stop politicians from "twisting the facts to serve their own talking points," Frisch said.

Boehner issued a clarification Monday.

"The entire process has been absurdly slow moving just as Republicans warned it would be when we called for an economic recovery bill based on fast-acting tax relief for small businesses and working families," Boehner said in a statement.

Boehner also claimed that Ohio is one of the last states to let stimulus construction projects, "which is ridiculous." Wallace did not respond to an e-mail.

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