Maybe I read too much Bob Somerby, maybe this is right on the money. I’ll bet on the latter:
Self-styled “independent fact-checkers” at the Annenberg Center and the neoconservative-dominated Washington Post have positioned themselves as ardent defenders of Mitt Romney’s claims that his Bain Capital tenure ended in 1999 despite questions raised by contradictory information submitted by Romney himself.
Indeed, the behavior of these “fact-checkers” is rapidly becoming the journalism scandal of Campaign 2012 as the likes of Brooks Jackson at Annenberg’s FactCheck.org and the Post’s Glenn Kessler act more as querulous lawyers protecting Romney than as journalists seeking the actual facts surrounding Romney’s curious business narrative.
Much as the Post’s Ceci Connolly and the New York Times’ Katharine Seeyle engaged in aggressive – and dishonest – journalism to portray Vice President Al Gore as a serial liar during Campaign 2000, Jackson and Kessler are performing a similar role in portraying President Barack Obama and his campaign officials as liars now. [For the history, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Al Gore v. the Media” or Neck Deep.]
The media-backed Bush coup of 2000 and subsequent invasion of Iraq aren’t just curiosities for Mark Halperin and John Halperin to analyze. They resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, in the addition of trillions of dollars to the US debt, and now in the unemployment — perhaps permanent — of millions of Americans.
There is no gentle way to say this. I’m sure Glenn Kessler and the Politifact crowd believed they are humble “ink-stained wretches” who occasionally give into the temptation of future wingnut welfare or the fear of angry Redstate emails.
The truth is that they are sociopathic merchants of death and destruction.