Post Fact Checker Declares Giuliani Charge Vs. Obama On Police “False”


The Washington Post explores whether former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani had any basis for his statement this week that “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.” Giuliani wouldn’t elaborate to the Post, but former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Il.) said that the president and Attorney General Eric Holder have stressed “how racist America still is, how understandable urban black anger is toward the police, and how police need to re-train and reform. They put all the onus on the police and created the clear atmosphere for people to be angry at and disrespectful toward police.”

The Post’s Fact checker says that none of Obama's statements since the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown “speak any ill of police officers or condone violence among those reacting to the deaths.” The Post’s conclusion: “We combed through Obama's speeches and can find no evidence of ‘propaganda’ that ‘everybody should hate the police.’ Perhaps one could fault the president … for failing to more forcefully rebut violent demonstrations against police. But that's an absence of rhetoric. Instead, Giuliani suggested that the president actively launched and promoted anti-police rhetoric — and that is simply Four-Pinocchio false.”

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