Earlier on the Corner, Mark Steyn lamented the fact that he has yet to be cited on Obama’s new campaign site, AttackWatch. He will perhaps be disappointed to find out he has now been cited on the “Immigration Reform Inaccuracies” page. The page demonstrates quite clearly all the absurdities of the website: its paranoid aura, attacks on straw men, and questionable arguments cited as incontrovertible fact.
Most bizarrely, the site is supposed to report and “fight the smears” and “get the facts.” Here, the “attacks” are uncited “broadcast remarks” by Steyn and Limbaugh that “the President has [an] amnesty policy,” and the “facts,” irrelevant statistics and liberal opinions to the contrary.
The criticism of Obama’s immigration which may fairly be attributed to Steyn and Limbaugh is the one vaguely alluded to earlier, that “the President had [an] amnesty policy.” Following is the evidence marshaled to refute this perfectly legitimate argument as if it is a smear:
- DHS papers indicate “record-breaking immigration statistics” under Obama
- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s statement that Obama’s policies “will not provide categorical relief to any group” (from a New York Times piece in which it is admitted that “people in deportation proceedings stand to benefit most from the new policy”)
- An editorial by Adam Serwer, a writer for The American Prospect, in which he advances the argument that Obama’s policy “is not amnesty”
Obama’s site, which claims to “get the facts” and “fight the smears,” apparently defines fact as an editorial argument from the left and the statements of his own cabinet members — and smears as editorial arguments from the right.