Comparing NYT Positions on Obama's False 'You Can Keep Your Plan-Doctor-Provider' Guarantee to Bush and WMDs

A commenter at my post yesterday ("TomsonaNonGrata") about how a pair of New York Times reporters characterized President Barack Obama's false guarantee to Americans that "If you like your plan-doctor-provider, you can keep your plan-doctor-provider" as an "incorrect promise" — because they couldn't work up the nerve to call it a lie — noted that "All these people (in the press) that were so quick to call Bush a liar about WMD, when he was basing his decision on the intelligence available at the time, now can't bring themselves to call Obama a liar, when he specifically knew policies could/would be cancelled, and kept saying otherwise."

Point well-taken, especially given what the intrepid tweet trackers at Twitchy relayed from Washington Examiner columnist Charlie Spiering. Spiering fouund a Times editorial from 2008 which commented on the George W. Bush and weapons of mass destruction:


If it weren't for double standards, the Times wouldn't have any standards.

Bush didn't "withhold vital information from the public"; Barack Obama did.

Bush didn't lead Americans "to believe things that he knows are not true"; Barack Obama did.

And for those who need a reminder, there objectively and irrefutably were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, directly contradicting the repeated leftist claim that there were none. Not "some," not "a few," not a lack of "stockpiles." The left's claim is that there were none. The left's claim was, is, and always will be false.

We also shouldn't forget that the Times's editorialists wrote that Obama's no-exceptions guarantee was an instance where he merely "misspoke."

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Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.