Glenn Kessler over at the Washington Post gives Obama four Pinnocchios (signifying the highest degree of falsehood) for saying that he called the Benghazi attacks "an act of terrorism" when he really called the attack an "act of terror." This would probably seem like odd hairsplitting to some, but not to Kessler:The president tried to rewrite history by claiming “the day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.” But he had actually said “act of terror”– in vague terms, usually wrapped in a patriotic fervor..."
However, this supposedly obvious distinction was one that even Mitt Romney seemed to miss during the 2012 debates:
"You said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror?" Romney asked. "I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror."Kessler touches on this incident, saying that "Romney, meanwhile, was correct that it took at least two weeks for Obama to forthrightly call it a terrorist attack."
So let's get this straight - Kessler says that when Romney said "it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," he was correct because the president had initially called the attack an "act of terror", which obviously wasn't referring to a terrorist attack, while Romney's statement about calling the attack an "act of terror" was obviously referring to a terrorist attack. That's the indecipherable word salad we're left with when Kessler tells us that "act of terror" only means "terrorist attack" when Romney says it, but not when Obama says it.
It'd be nice if our fact checkers didn't lie so much. But given the facts, how many Pinocchios should we give Glenn Kessler?