Robocall Invents Bogus Obama-Netanyahu Debate
Creator laughs at criticism, promises more
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 3:25 PM CDT
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations from Sept. 21, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – Ah, the closing days of a tight, bitter election, when robocalls send fact-checkers' blood pressure through the roof. Case in point, one playing in swing states from the Emergency Committee for Israel that not only invents a debate between President Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that never existed, but also dramatically twists the meaning of every out-of-context audio snippet, reports the Washington Post. "Obviously there are some differences between us,” says Obama in the message, followed by an announcer saying, "Americans and Israel cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama." (You can listen to it here.)

The robocall makes three audio clips from Obama and Netanyahu sound like a debate, but in fact the quotes were made 2009 and 2012. In context, the Obama quotes were from speeches cracking down on Iran and expressing solidarity with Israel. But when confronted with the deception, the executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel only joked and promised more. "[T]here is no excuse for such an Orwellian descent into falsehoods and misrepresentation," writes Glenn Kessler at the Post's Fact Checker blog. "This is one of those days when we wish we were not limited to just Four Pinocchios."

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Tology
Nov 2, 2012 11:46 AM CDT
Israel and the Jews in America will go to the ends of the earth to get Romney, Josh Mandel and the rest of the Jewish backing Republicons into office.
MichaelBenesch
Nov 2, 2012 10:39 AM CDT
Just got a live conference call from a NON-PARTISAN senoir group to discuss OBAMACARE with old folks like me.heh-heh The "man" mentioned OBAMAcare,OBAMAcare,OBAMAcare at least 10 times out of the first minute of conversation. The Affordable Care Act was never mentioned before I hung up on the NON-PARTISAN OBAMA care bashing (R)USHubliCON in a senoir's leisure suit. but I do know know that OBAMA CARES!
professortech
Nov 2, 2012 9:42 AM CDT
This is the part that TRULY PISSES ME OFF - the campaigns, or their surrogates, throw up totally outrageous ads with complete misrepresentations and outright lies days before the election to sway voters and then offer their "mea culpa's" later after the damage is done. The cynical nature of these slime is embodied in the slimy "smile" this guy gives when it is pointed out the deceptive nature of these ads/robocalls. How do Republicans feel that the truth is sacrificed (in their name) so as to deceive voters and possibly win elections through Orwellian tactics?. Is there NO shame?