On CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) attempted to explain President Barack Obama’s so-called “apology tour” in the middle east that the right has ranted about. O’Brien said that fact checkers have found that Obama has not apologized at all, to which he responded, “I don’t care what fact check says!”
Video and transcript below (video courtesy of Think Progress):
SOLEDAD O’BRIEN: But you’ve been talking about “apology tour,” and, as you know, that matches the framing of other people: Donald Rumsfeld says “he’s made a practice of trying to apologize for for America,” and he’s talking about the president, uh, Mitt Romney has said that “I will not and never apologize for America. I don’t apologize for America.” Tim Pawlenty back in February was saying, “Mr. President, stop apologizing.” Where do you see an apology? You called it an “apology tour,” you said “the apologies.” What apologies are you specifically talking about?
REP. PETER KING (R-NY): I would say when he was in Cairo in 2009, when he was basically apologizing for American policies, saying that American policies have sometimes gone too far, that how we have…
O’BRIEN: Never once in that speech, as you know, which I have the speech right here, so that was back in…he never once used that word, “apology.” He never said “I’m sorry.”
KING: Didn’t have to. The logical — any logical reading of that speech or the speech he gave in France where he basically said that the United States can be too aggressive, talking to the French…
O’BRIEN: That was on April 3 of 2009, right, but that’s not…apology! People…
KING: It is! I do consider…(unintelligible)…we have nothing to apologize to the Muslim world at all. We have not sacrificed our ideals. He was overseas criticizing American officials in the CIA and others when he says that we lost our ideals. These are the people who kept us safe for eight, nine years against Islamic terrorists…
O’BRIEN: Everyone keeps talking about this apology tour and apologies from the President. And I’m trying to find the words ‘I’m sorry, I apologize’ in any of those speeches. Which I have the text of all those speeches in front of me. None of those speeches at all, and if you go to factcheck.org which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this and they say this whole theory of apologies…
KING (angrily): I don’t care what fact check says!
O’BRIEN: Well, okay, they’re a fact checker. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.
KING: No. Soledad. Any common sense interpretation of those speeches, the president’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour. That’s the way it’s interpreted in the Middle East. If I go over and say that the U.S. has violated its principles, that the United States has not shown respect for Islam, that’s an apology. How else can it be interpreted?
O’BRIEN: I think plenty of people are interpreting it as a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it. So I don’t think that everybody agrees it’s apology.
KING: Well, I don’t interpret it that way. I don’t interpret it that way, and more importantly, our enemies don’t interpret it that way.
O’BRIEN: Well, I don’t know that that’s necessarily the case. I think that’s what we’re trying to figure out.
All emphasis mine.
The right-wing attitude toward fact checkers would be laughable if they weren’t deadly serious. From Romney’s campaign saying that “fact checkers won’t dictate this campaign” to the above denial of facts by Rep. King, Republicans are showing their attitude that facts have a liberal bias.
However, this attitude is quite dangerous, and we, as voters, should do what we can to get them out of office.