Unfortunately you can't believe all you read online or view on television.

If you visit factcheck.org/party-lines you will find 10 Republican misstatements and one Democratic misstatement. Most of these relate to the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare.) But the beat continues.


Recently Fox News trumpeted about "new" evidence that was a "smoking gun" about the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. It turns out that this evidence had been reported months earlier.

Chances are your favorite news channel or other news outlet did not report on 300,000 to 400,000 demonstrators outside the UN protesting issues related to

the climate, including Native Americans protesting the violation of their treaty rights by the Keystone pipeline, a planned disaster scheduled to be an irreversible tragedy. But you heard plenty about the president's sloppy salute. Trivia trumps all on these outlets.

It is reported that President Barack Obama is weak on terrorism. But he approved the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Under his

Administration, drone attacks around the world on al Qeda have been greatly expanded and continue. A branch of al Qeda called the Khorasan Group was

bombed along with the ISIL terrorists in our recent raids in Syria. That was the first time most of us knew of its existence. About 140,000 ethnic Kurds have fled from Syria to Turkey fearing the ISIL terrorist attacks. But after the coalition air strikes some are returning to fight the terrorists.

Another smart move against Islamic terrorists was the recent successful call on Muslim religious leaders to condemn the misrepresentations by terrorists that their crimes are made in the name of Allah.

John Kerry is pilloried as an ineffective Secretary of State. But when we needed active Arab nation participation in our assault on the terrorists calling themselves ISIL he rounded up six Arab nation participants who joined in the attacks. When Obama needed a UN condemnation of these terrorists he got a unanimous vote.

Thanks in large part to sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration and our allies, it appears that Russian President Vladimir V.Putin's attempt to absorb Ukraine or more pieces of it is doomed to failure. Now Ukraine is planning to file for European Union membership, is planning to seal its border with Russia and is even promising to eventually repossess the province of Crimea. These facts speak of a robust U.S. foreign policy in troubled times, not a weak one.

There are plenty of issues on which the Obama administration can be legitimately criticized.

The delay of implementation of some immigration reforms by executive order until after the November elections is a lose-lose strategy. It has angered the Latino community without gaining any votes from other parts of the voting public.

There has been no serious move to reduce the damage done to our domestic industries by so-called free trade agreements with 20 different nations, under NAFTA, CAFTA and so on. Indeed, there is another one in the works called Trans-Pacific Partnership that some sources report will do even further damage.

The failure to include a self-supporting public option in the ACA to compete with the greedy insurance companies was a major error. Even conservative spokesman Charles Krauthammer admits that single payer health care coverage is ultimately inevitable.

When he had the votes, instead of merely eliminating the foolish Bush era tax cut on high wage earners, Obama should have raised the top bracket rate to the Herbert Hoover top rate of 63 percent (the Eisenhower era rate of 91 percent is perhaps too high).


We should recognize Kurdistan as a separate nation. It is already such de facto.

But news media won't criticize these real errors.

John Culleton writes from Eldersburg. His column appears every second Tuesday. Email him at cct@wexfordpress.com.