September 13, 2012
So-called “fact checkers” in the media have long regurgitated liberal spin on President Obama’s recent gutting of welfare work rules.
But Heritage Foundation experts are pushing back. Yesterday, the Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, was forced to admit flaws in the liberal welfare narrative.
“It is not quite so simple as” President Bill Clinton implied at the Democratic Convention, Kessler admitted, “and neither is it clear yet that the net result is that more people on welfare will end up working.”
Kessler relied heavily on work by Heritage’s Robert Rector for this new analysis:
As soon as the HHS memo was issued, Rector raised the clarion call that Obama, through stealth, was gutting the law because, he says, he recognized that ideas — what he labels “loopholes” — that Democrats had been unable to slip into legislation had suddenly been offered to states in the form of waivers.
Liberals are responding to Rector’s effectiveness by releasing “opposition research” on him and his decades of research on welfare reform.
Do you think the media will start considering other conservative arguments?