Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Mary Matalin Invents History

There is an old saying that every person is entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts. Mary Matalin, ever the partisan hack, tried to invent her own facts on Sunday on CNN and gets caught by my colleague Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent. Matalin claimed:

We inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history. And President Bush dealt with it. And within a year of his presidency at this comparable time, unemployment was at 5 percent. And we were creating jobs.

Weigel debunks the lies:

Not actually true! Leaving aside the claim that George W. Bush “inherited” the 9/11 terrorist attacks from Clinton, the unemployment rate in January 2001, when Bush took office, was 4.2 percent-a 0.2 point increase over December 2000, but not a recession number. The unemployment rate in December 2001, at the point in Bush’s presidency where Obama is now, was 5.8 percent, up 0.2 points from November. The unemployment rate did not actually hit 5 percent until May 2005. Unemployment never actually fell back to the Clinton-era rate during Bush’s presidency, coming closest in October 2006, when it hit 4.4 percent.

So, Mary Matalin is a liar. Expect to see her on TV again soon.

Lying is bad enough. Lying about something so easily shown to be a lie is even worse.