Presentation on theme: "Fact Checks I heard what you said, but what did you really mean? GOP Debate."— Presentation transcript:
Fact Checks I heard what you said, but what did you really mean? GOP Debate
Mitt Romney v. Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney accuses Newt Gingrich of calling Spanish a "ghetto language." Gingrich denies doing so and said he merely promoted the use of English, "period." That's even more of a stretch. GINGRICH: "It's taken totally out of context.... I did not say it about Spanish. I said [it] in general about all languages. We are better [off] for children to learn English in general, period."
Wait…so…who’s lying? At issue is Romney's Spanish- language radio ad running in Florida that says Gingrich branded Spanish a ghetto language in a 2007 speech. In his speech to the National Federation of Republican Women, Gingrich advocated making English the official language. "We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto."
I see…that clears everything…umm…up? To be completely fair, Gingrich did NOT explicitly call Spanish a ghetto language. The remark was widely taken to mean Spanish… He made an online video days after the speech in which he apologized for his choice of words and for producing "a bad feeling within the Latino community."
Over the weekend…for Homework… Do some research and acquaint yourself with at least TWO “fact check” facts. These facts should be about something a Presidential Candidate has said about another candidate while campaigning. Ideas of where to look: The State of the Union Address Last night’s debate Campaign Ads (radio, TV…look on youtube…if you dare!)
DUE ON TUESDAY 1/31/12 Length of assignment: ½ page to 1 page What one candidate said about another candidate What is the response? (If any) Is there support for the claim? How “honest” is the claim? Are these effective ads? Why or why not?