Is the Romney Camp Lying About Women?

Just because it's on TV, doesn't make it real -- several media outlets fact check the Romney camp's supposed stats

One of Mitt Romney's senior advisors has taken to the airwaves claiming that women have never had it worse than under President Barack Obama.  As the Republicans try to figure out how to put the "war on women" behind them, they're now trying to make a case that things aren't as good for American women as the president wants them to believe.

On Meet the Press this week, top Romney advisor Ed Gillespie put on his best political operative game face and announced:

"When you look at the facts, there are 2.7 million more women without health insurance today than when Barack Obama took office; 858,000 fewer women working today than when president Obama took office. We have actually now the highest number of single-mother families living in poverty than at any time in recorded history — a 14 percent increase since President Obama took office.”

 

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While some of those figures are technically true, some fact checkers now say they don't tell the whole story. According to follow-up stories at the Washington Post and USA Today, Gillespie, who was also an advisor to former President George W. Bush and Karl Rove, relied on outdated census figures on the number of uninsured women, making it seem like the number of uninsured women had risen exponentially when, in fact, the increase was much smaller than he was portraying. Gillespie also fudged the facts when it came to the comparative number of single moms living in poverty today, painting an inaccurate portrait of the impact of President Obama's policies on women.

Yes, facts are facts, but unless they're reviewed in context, it looks like they can lie.

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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