Chicago Sun-Times's Sweet Incorrectly Claims Romney Is Wrong on Obama's Defense Cuts

October 24th, 2012 4:07 PM

Lynn Sweet, Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, covers the final presidential debate in "Sweet: Obama in command in campaign’s last clash" on the newspaper's Web site.  In the piece she writes:

As soon as Romney pledged not to cut military spending (incorrectly implying that was an Obama proposal — something he has done before) Obama pounced, portraying Romney as woefully uninformed about how a modern military measures its strike force.

In her enthusiasm, Sweet overlooked one thing: Obama does intend to cut defense sending.  Who says so?  Well, President Barack Obama for one.  From his July 15, 2011 press conference:

". . .I’ve said that in addition to the $400 billion that we’ve already cut from defense spending, we’re willing to look for hundreds of billions more."

Additionally, in his proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget, Obama's own Office of Management and Budget shows (Page 103) that total national defense spending in FY 2011 was $717 billion while estimating it will be $566 in FY 2014.

This is a frustrating time for many in the mainstream media.  After helping make the totally unqualified Obama president, they're worried they might not get four more years of their favorite failure-in-chief.  Sweet's long been an Obama cheerleader.  In 2007 she regretted, after exercising while he did at Chicago's East Bank Club, that she couldn't "follow him into the locker room."

With the possibility of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney beating Obama, the MSM are circling the wagons.  It's anything goes time.