Methodology: I did an existing data study to produce the pie chart graph shown on the right. The data set consisted of the last 20 “Truth-O-Meter” responses to statements by Mitt Romney as evaluated by PolitiFact.com.
I did not “cherry pick” the source data. I merely used the 20 most recent statements by Mitt Romney at the moment I happened to look. I then counted each type of rating and produced the chart.
Additional analysis and source data is provided after the jump.
According to my (admittedly limited) study Romney is only “honest” 25 percent of the time. He’s “half” honest 30 percent of the time. And he’s “dishonest” (mostly false or worse) a whopping 45 percent of the time.
Note: At the time I looked, there were no “mostly honest” ratings for Mitt Romney, so that slice is not represented on the chart.
Is this level of honesty good enough for the position of President of the United States? America will make that decision come November. Is it okay to lie? Does integrity in factual statements matter? Or are other traits more important?
Tomorrow I’ll try to do the exact same methodology and apply it to statements made my Barack Obama. It’ll be interesting to compare and contrast. And no, I’m not going to predict who comes off as more honest in this little experiment.
No doubt some of you will fell that PolitiFact.com is biased. There may or may not be some validity to that. All human endeavors are subject to bais. I merely selected them because they are convenient to use for an existing data study and they have a stated goal of finding impartial truth. We may disagree on how effectively they reach that goal but at least it is their goal. Some news media operates without striving for that standard.
Mostly True: 0
Half True: 6
Mostly False: 5
Pants On Fire: 2
Rated statements by Mitt Romney (via PolitiFact.com Truth-O-Meter):
At Bain Capital, “we helped start an early childhood learning company called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.”
2. Half True
Under the “Obama economy … utility bills are higher.”
In his first TV interview as president, Obama said we “should talk to Iran.”
4. Pants On Fire
Barack Obama began his presidency “with an apology tour.”
5. Half True
“The majority of Americans now doubt that our children will have a better future.”
“Half the kids coming out of college this year … can’t find a job, or a job that’s consistent with a college degree.”
“In 2008, candidate Barack Obama attacked John McCain for proposing cuts to Medicare.”
8. Half True
“Under the president’s plan, he cuts Medicare by $716 billion, takes that money out of the Medicare trust fund and uses it to pay for Obamacare.”
9. Mostly False
Claims Joe Biden said “coal is more dangerous than terrorists.”
10. Mostly False
Says Barack Obama “robbed Medicare (of) $716 billion to pay for … Obamacare.”
11. Mostly False
“In June, jobless ranks were higher in nearly 90 percent of U.S. cities.”
12. Pants On Fire
“Under Obama’s plan (for welfare), you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”
13. Half True
Says Obama “refuses to recognize Jerusalem” as the capital of Israel.
“As president, Barack Obama has never visited Israel.”
President Obama’s lawsuit claims it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period.
16. Half True
“Under the Obama administration’s bailout of General Motors, Ohio dealerships were forced to close.”
17. Mostly False
President Ronald Reagan sent troops into conflict “only in one circumstance, which was in Grenada … We were in a peacekeeping setting in Lebanon.”
President Obama was saying success “is the result of government,” not “hard-working people,” when he said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
19. Mostly False
Stimulus dollars paid for “windmills from China.”
20. Half True
The Obama administration “has been outsourcing” by sending money to “solar and wind energy companies that end up making their products outside the United States.”