What needs to be said
Obama’s latest stem cell research ad is not just “misleading” “Out of bounds” “Manhandling the truth” or “Wrong.” It is a lie. Pure and simple, a lie. The ad claims that both Governor Palin and the Republican platform oppose all stem cell research. Not only is that a lie, it is pretty easy to check.
While what politicians say is a little fluid and hard to nail down, the platform is pretty clear. By way of gop.com:
Taxpayer-funded medical research must be based on sound science, with a focus on both prevention and treatment, and in accordance with the humane ethics of the Hippocratic Oath. In that regard, we call for a major expansion of support for the stem-cell research that now shows amazing promise and offers the greatest hope for scores of diseases – with adult stem cells, umbilical cord blood, and cells reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells – without the destruction of embryonic human life. We call for a ban on human cloning and for a ban on the creation of or experimentation on human embryos for research purposes.
So, we do have a call to ban embryonic stem cell research, but a call for increased funding of adult stem cell research, which, incidentally, is the kind that is producing actual cures.
Palin has also supported research using adult stem cells.
Saying Palin and the Republican platform is against all stem cell research is beyond misleading, it is a lie. And someone approved running the ad with the lies. Someone approved blatantly lying to the American people.
He identified himself as Barack Obama.
It needs to be said is that he’s lying.
Think FactCheck.org will pick up on that? Heh, me neither.