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October 06, 2004

FactCheck: Cheney Wrong About FactCheck

Your really in bad shape when you cite an authority and that authority says you got it wrong.

When Edwards said Cheney was running Halliburton when it was charged with wrongdoing, Cheney cited FactCheck in his defense. He got the suffix wrong, it's FactCheck.org, but worse, the website said today that Edwards basically got it right:

In fact, we did post an article pointing out that Cheney hasn't profited personally while in office from Halliburton's Iraq contracts, as falsely implied by a Kerry TV ad. But Edwards was talking about Cheney's responsibility for earlier Halliburton troubles. And in fact, Edwards was mostly right.
Cheney was in charge when Halliburton cooked its books (which the company has pled guilty to and paid a fine for), did business with Iran (which is being investigated by a grand jury), and bribed Nigerian authorities (being investigated by both the US and France). The only thing Edwards got wrong was that the dealings with Libya preceded Cheney's tenure.

So either Cheney's corrupt or he's such an incompetent boss that underlings run riot with criminal acts. Kind of the same story with the Bush administration and Abu Ghraib.

Posted by Nathan at October 6, 2004 08:14 AM