It's summer and time to launch Channel 2's Reality Check series on Campaign 2012.
In his most recent ad on the airwaves in northern Nevada President Obama claims that businesses have created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months.
That's misleading and it's a prime example of citing a statistic that fits your need. The reality is that if you read through the Bureau of Labor and Statistics yourself you'll see 4.3 million jobs were indeed created in the private sector between February of 2010 and May of 2011. But that is the private sector only - it doesn't give you the big picture. If you include all the jobs lost by downsizing government local and federal in this economy and if you look at the net change, we've lost 552,000 jobs since president Obama took office in January of 2009.
The ad says: President Obama's jobs plan will put teachers, firefights, police and construction workers back to work right now.
That's actually true. 'If' the American Jobs Act, which was introduced as a series of bills in 2010 were approved as written it would cut taxes, modernize schools and restart construction.
According to the advertisement, the program would be paid for by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.
That is true. Those making more than a $1 million a year in wages would be asked to kick in more through what's been called the Millionaires Tax or the Buffet Plan.
"But Congress has refused to act," the announcer says.
And that is also true. All Republicans present when the bills were introduced, plus a handful of Democrats have collectively refused even to consider the bills which have stalled in Congressional gridlock.
Politicians are notorious for showing you only what they want you to see. And it does take time to substantiate the facts and look at the big picture, but that's what we're here for. And we have another five months of advertisements to look forward to.