BUSTED: Obama Gets Caught Spinning His Most Embarrassing Statement About ISIS
President Barack Obama is interviewed by NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”
At least one prominent fact-checking organization is calling out President Barack Obama for falsely claiming he “wasn’t specifically referring to” Islamic State militants when he dismissed them as a “JV” team.
During a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama was pressed on the comments, published in a January profile in The New Yorker. In the piece, Obama was asked about the jihadist militants that had just captured Fallujah, Iraq. He replied: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”
… “Keep in mind I wasn’t specifically referring to ISIL. I’ve said that, regionally, there were a whole series of organizations that were focused primarily locally,” Obama said, according to an NBC transcript. “And I was very specific at that time. What I said was, not every regional terrorist organization is automatically a threat to us that would call for a major offensive.”
But Politifact, a leading fact-checking organization, subsequently rated Obama’s recollection as “false.” Politifact even reached out to the author of the New Yorker piece to confirm the specific context of Obama’s quote: the capture of Fallujah just days before.”
At the time, Islamic State often referred to as by its acronyms ISIS or ISIL was not a household name. It was often referred to as an Al Qaeda-linked group in press reports. But reports from the time clearly indicate that the group was responsible for taking over the city,” Politifact reported. “We rate the statement False.”