Media Matters, October 11, 2012
In the Journal, Rove claimed that
It's not a surprise that Rove would join his colleagues in the right-wing media in trying to deflect attention from the many falsehoods Romney uttered in the debate and elsewhere. After all, conservative political figures have fully embraced a post-truth political landscape. But it takes particular nerve for Rove to suggest that Democrats should ignore falsehoods lobbed at them by Republicans.
One of the groups Rove co-founded, Crossroads GPS, has put out 10 ads that the independent fact-checker PolitiFact has rated false, mostly false, or pants-on-fire false. By contrast, PolitiFact has rated only three of the Crossroads GPS ads as true or mostly true.
Among Crossroads GPS' false charges: a claim that under the Affordable Care Act,
Another group Rove co-founded, American Crossroads, has not fared any better. PolitiFact has rated nine American Crossroads ads false or mostly false. It has not rated a single one true or mostly true.
Among American Crossroads' false charges: a claim that 85 percent of recent college graduates are moving back in with their parents; a claim that Bill Clinton opposes Obama's "Buffet Rule" to ensure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share in taxes; and a claim that Obama broke his promise about the effect that his stimulus plan would have on the unemployment rate.
No wonder Rove doesn't want anyone calling out conservatives' false claims.