One more item related to last night's gubernatorial debate. But it's not a fact check on the candidates—it's a fact check on the Seattle Times' opinion page. (The Times has endorsed Republican Rob McKenna).
As we noted this morning, in response to McKenna's "question" to Inslee about all the pro-McKenna newspaper endorsements, Inslee responded by boasting that he's not always in sync with the mainstream media. His impressive example? His black sheep vote against the Iraq war, which papers such as the Times supported.
The Times opinion page tweeted: "Fact check: @JayInslee accuses editorial boards of cheering Iraq War. Our 11/11/90 editorial calls for caution http://seati.ms/P8J6gH#wagov"
November 11, 1990? Jay Inslee was obviously referring to his vote against Bush Jr.'s Iraq war in 2003. He wasn't even in Congress in 1990.
That's like saying the Times' endorsement of McKenna for governor this year is halfhearted because they endorsed Inslee for Congress in 2008.
The Inslee campaign quickly fact-checked the Times, tweeting back: "@SeaTimesOpinion Wow - fact check fail. When Jay talks about war he voted against that you editorialized in favor of, 1990 is not a factor."
The Times responded with this: "We have unearthed our support for 2nd Iraq War. We rate @JayInslee: Half true. 2/23/03: http://seati.ms/Taqq0W 11/11/90: http://seati.ms/P8J6gH"
Half true? That's like saying the Times' endorsement of McKenna for governor this year is halfhearted because they endorsed Inslee for Congress in 2008.