Prior to the debate, the Clinton camp had asked moderator Lester Holt to fact-check Donald Trump in real time. Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told “CBS This Morning “We’re really focused on this opportunity that Hillary has to speak directly to the voters on the issues, but we are concerned that Donald Trump may lie, he may throw misinformation out there, and that Hillary will have to spend all of her time trying to correct the record rather than talking about the things she wants to accomplish.”
I’m all for fact checking, so long as it’s to fact check both candidates. At one instance, Holt pressed Trump over his claim that he opposed the Iraq War, and interrupted him over 50 percent more tha he interrupted Hillary (which, admittedly, Trump’s interruptions of Hillary did make up for).
Hillary lied – and she lied a lot. To her good fortune, none of those lies were fact checked.
Lie 1: CLINTON CLAIMS IRAN WAS “WEEKS AWAY” FROM A NUCLEAR BOMB.
Clinton stated: “With respect to Iran, when I became secretary of state, Iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb.”
Foreign Correspondent and MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin states : “Clinton Claims Iran Was ‘Weeks Away’ From A Nuclear Bomb. No Intelligence Estimate From Any Country Supports That. Wrong.”
Clinton claims Iran was "weeks away" from a nuclear bomb. No intelligence estimate from any country supports that. Wrong #debatenight
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) September 27, 2016
Lie 2: CLINTON ASSERTS THAT TUITION-FREE IS THE SAME AS DEBT-FREE FOR STUDENTS DESPITE OTHER COSTS
Clinton claims her plan to make “college debt free so more people can get their education” Will Grow The Economy. She stated “I think building the middle class, investing in the middle class, making college debt free so more young people can get their education. Helping people refinance their tax — their debt from college at a lower rate.”
Clinton’s tuition-free college plan for in-state students who go to public universities or colleges “doesn’t equate debt free” as students would still have to pay for room and board, half of current college costs for students. “Clinton has proposed making college tuition free for in-state students who go to a public college or university. But tuition free doesn’t equate to debt free. Under her plan, the government would pay for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. That would leave students still bearing the cost of room and board, which makes up more than half of the average $18,943 sticker price at a four-year public university, according to the College Board.”
Lie 3: CLINTON DENIES HER LEADING ROLE IN NEGOTIATING TPP
Clinton stated: “That is not accurate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated. The terms were laid out.” Later in the debate she stated: “I did say, I hoped it would be a good deal.”
An AP Fact Check Found That Trump Was Correct That Clinton “Championed The Agreement,” And “Did Not Merely Express The Hope That It Would Turn Out Well”
Lie 4: CLINTON LIES ABOUT TRUMP’S TAX PAYMENTS
Clinton has asserted that Trump “pays no Federal income tax” while on the campaign trail, and during last night’s debate
Politifact rated this claim by Clinton “mostly false” since it “ignores critical facts.” They noted “Clinton has one thing correct here — public records do indicate that there were two years in the 1970s when Trump paid nothing in federal taxes. But she got a few key points wrong. Namely, the same public records show three other years in which Trump did pay federal income taxes. Also, the public records Clinton referred to are not Trump’s actual tax returns.
Lie 5: CLINTON GETS IT WRONG ON JOB CREATION
Clinton stated: “That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing … and small business because most of the new jobs will come from small business.”
As Politico pointed out, new businesses, not small businesses, are the biggest job creators. “It’s a favorite line of almost all politicians, and Hillary Clinton has used it before. But small businesses are not in fact the job creators. That role belongs to new businesses. Startups Created 3.5 Million Net New Jobs In 2005, One Million More Than Created In The Private Sector. “One recent study used Census data to look at job creation in 2005. It found that startups created 3.5 million net new jobs-a million more than were created in the entire private sector. In other words, non-startup businesses were responsible that year for a 1 million job decline in employment.”
If there’s going to be any fact checking done at the debates, let’s make sure they’re pressing more than just Trump, because the next moderator will likely also have a lot of material to work with.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]