One thing that has become abundantly clear in this primary season is that fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP White House hopeful Carly Fiorina has a tenuous relationship with the truth. After September’s GOP debate on CNN, Fiorina saw a bump in the polls due to what was seen as a forceful and strong performance. However, she saw that support drop off after it was revealed that her most memorable moment — a denouncement of Planned Parenthood over scenes from a sting video — was all based on misinformation. The same thing happened at last week’s CNBC debate, when the failed Senate candidate tried to pull another fast one.
Just like last time, the fact checkers were quick on the draw and immediately refuted her claim. Trying to portray President Obama and his economy as being overly harsh to women, Fiorina pulled out an old Mitt Romney chestnut, claiming that 92% of jobs lost during Obama’s first term belonged to women. Now just as it was then, that number is pure bullshit, as women actually saw an increase of jobs during Obama’s first four years in office.
Appearing on both ABC’s This Week and Fox News Sunday, Fiorina admitted that she “misspoke” at the debate. Of course, she didn’t just leave it there. She had to make sure to take shots at the “liberal media” for attempting to “discredit” her, even though she acknowledged that she said a fucking lie!
Speaking to Fox’s John Roberts, Fiorina did her best to gain sympathy for trying to tell the truth about how evil Obama is when it comes to women and African-Americans. She claimed that the goddamned liberals in the lamestream media just have it out for her and are looking to smear her. Eventually, she had to admit she fucked up.
From the transcript of the show, courtesy of Media Matters:
JOHN ROBERTS (HOST): On the subject of women and their plight under the Obama administration, one of your most talked about moments from Wednesday’s debate is when you said this. Let’s listen.
CARLY FIORINA: Ninety-two percent. Ninety-two percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama’s first term belonged to women.
ROBERTS: What women are talking about, Ms. Fiorina, in relation to that statement, is that the data that you used does not represent the totality of the Obama administration’s first term. People from your campaign said to me yesterday you misspoke during the debate. Do you want to take a moment to clarify those remarks?
FIORINA: Well, you know, this is what the liberal media do. They try to discredit the messenger when the message is true. Yes, it is true, the 92 percent figure refers to the first three and a half years of Barack Obama’s term, not the first four years. Here’s what’s undeniable: Women have been hurt under this administration’s policies. The extreme poverty rate among women is the highest ever recorded. The poverty rate among women, 16.1 percent, is the highest in 20 years. Women have been harmed by this administration’s policies, just as African-Americans have, just as the poor have been. Progressive policies are bad for the people that they claim to help. That is true of women as well as men.
ROBERTS: Now let me just ask you again, if you’re using a data set that stops in March of 2012 that you used, because that is the most advantageous point to make that point, are you doing voters a disservice by not telling them what really happened during the entire first term of the presidency, which is, that by January of 2013, the number of jobs among women had actually increased by about 400,000.
FIORINA: Yes, as my campaign said, we misspoke.
And below is the video, also courtesy of Media Matters:
Over on ABC, Fiorina took the same approach with host Martha Raddatz. Blah blah liberal media blah blah it’s not fair blah blah yep I lied. Just like with Roberts, she claimed that her broader argument was getting ignored by those in the press because of her little white lie. And, of course, that argument is that Obummer sucks.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of ABC News: