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Oops, I meant FactCheck.ORG

October 5, 2004 9:21 PM

As noted in the comments here, Cheney screwed up in the debate and urged people to check "FactCheck.com" for a debunking of the Halliburton charges. A very common mistake, it's actually FactCheck.org. But, unfortunately for the President, FactCheck.com takes you directly to George Soros's website which states flatly in big bold type:


WHY WE MUST NOT RE-ELECT PRESIDENT BUSH.

Sweet justice.

UPDATE: Not only that, but Lauren from San Diego writes in and notes that FOXNEWS.com links to factcheck.com in their article about the debate.

UPDATE: Apparently, factcheck.com was up for sale, and George Soros picked it up as soon as Cheney made the screwup. Brilliant!

UPDATE: Soros' people deny they had anything to do with it. They will be posting something on georgesoros.com soon.

UPDATE: CNN just did an item on this, reporting that Soros was responsible -- which I've heard is not true -- but no official statement from Soros yet. So who did it?

UPDATE: FOXNEWS.com changed their story:


Cheney said that the allegations are false and directed voters to read the truth about Halliburton at FactCheck.com; although he probably meant FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania that independently evaluates politicians' claims. Ironically, FactCheck.com forwards visitors to the Web site of left-leaning billionaire and Bush administration critic George Soros

FINAL UPDATE: Soros did not purchase the domain, the owner of FactCheck.com simply redirected to GeorgeSoros.com as soon as they noticed the site was getting a hundred hits a second. "This was to relieve stress on the service and to express a political point of view,"

UPDATE: And, Atrios points out that Cheney lied about meeting John Edwards for the first time at the debate. Here's the photo from February 2001:

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Read the 5 comments.

J:

H I L A R I O U S!!!!

Sweet justice it is. This just made my day.

Wed Oct 6 2004 8:40 AM


caitlin:

can anybody else access factcheck.org? i've been on 2 computers on 2 different networks/connections today and i can't seem to manage. I've never been paranoid, but... doesn't this seem a bit coincidental? or is it just me?

Wed Oct 6 2004 1:37 PM


Jim Gilliam:

I think they're just getting a huge amount of (well-deserved) traffic. Took me awhile to get in as well.

Wed Oct 6 2004 1:39 PM


Aaron Van Der Veen:

If Cheney met me three years ago, I'd be surprised if he had met me before...

It just tells you the kind of awesome presense that Edwards has had as a Senator that the Veep could forget they ever met...

Wed Oct 6 2004 6:05 PM


dhermesc:

What surprises me is that Edwards didn't remember it either. Would have been the perfect return on that line but instead he just stood there with his mouth hanging open for a moment.

Thu Oct 7 2004 5:49 AM


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