Over the past few days, Mitt Romney — and the conservative media machine, which weirdly styles itself some sort of David to the Goliath of a biased MSM — have repeatedly taken President Obama to task for his endless apologizing for the United States and for its values.
The most recent round has, of course, centered around Romney’s repeated claims that an apology was issued to Muslims in the wake of attacks on U.S. embassies by Muslims.
The Washington Post took a look at the conclusions of a couple prominent fact-checking groups. I suspect you won’t be surprised by the results.
This is a theme for Romney: He has long accused Obama of apologizing for America, starting in 2010, when Romney published No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. Since then, he has repeatedly criticized what he has called an “apology tour” by Obama shortly after he took office. PolitiFact has examined those speeches, consulted experts on speechmaking and apologies, and rated Romney’s claim Pants on Fire.
Romney has falsely accused Obama of “apologizing for America” many times before. The line has been a dependable applause-getter with conservative audiences. But we found no basis for this claim in Obama’s previous speeches and remarks. And other fact-checkers came to similar conclusions.
With regard to the specific, supposedly apologetic embassy communication, “PolitiFact asked four apology experts whether those words constituted the sort of regretful statement that qualifies as an apology. The three who responded delivered an unequivocal negative … FactCheck.org, likewise, found ‘no basis’ for the apology angle. To round things out, the Associated Press titled its piece: ‘FACT CHECK: Romney misstates facts on attacks.’”
All of this talk about Obama and apology makes a lot of sense … but only if you don’t know or care what an apology is.
HT: Michael Tofias, via Jay Rosen.