AP – surprises us now and then with legitimate news stories. Such as it’s analysis of the stimulus report issues by the White House . They actually go and verify facts and note that

The government’s first accounting of jobs tied to the $787 billion stimulus program claimed more than 30,000 positions paid for with recovery money. But that figure is overstated by least 5,000 jobs, according to an Associated Press review of a sample of stimulus contracts.

And they give concrete examples.

Now we know that the White House is not afraid to speak truth to err…power – and disseminate..err- distinguish between truth andΒ  untruth. So, in this spirit, they immediately respond to the AP piece with the famous we were going to say that next week” defense (which I must say, I prefer to their “at least we’re not Bill Clinton” one

In what Politico calls “slamming the AP story”, the White House informs us that AP is wrong, because, the errors that they found…well, they re errors, but we found them too, so there!

Not only did they find them too, but they were going to correct them too:

Virtually all of the errors found by the AP had already been found by our review, and were already corrected in an update to be loaded onto Recovery.gov this week,”

See? No problem.

Except for a question still on my mind: AP found those errors by looking at a sample of the big report. Did the White house just happened to look at the same sample, or were they going to upload a correction of the whole thing?

In other words, this vaunted correction – will it be complete, or does the evil media need to publish another article about anotherΒ  sample?

Maybe that’s what passes for slamming these days, after surrendering to Fox. And to the Chamber of Commerce too

Meanwhile, can Obama eat his waffle in peace?.


It’ seems there’s more to get at. According to Political Punch

Assuming their number is right — 160 billion divided by 1 million. Does that mean the stimulus costs taxpayers $160,000 per job? Jared Bernstein, chief economist and senior economic advisor to the vice president, called that “calculator abuse.”

He said the cost per job was actually $92,000 — but acknowledged that estimate is for the whole stimulus package as of the end of 2010.

92,000??? Does that waitress “who’s still on the job” according to Biden makes that? Or is it Goldman Sachs who gets to buy a new pair of shoes?