FL: Debbie Wasserman Schultz sinks to new low, say fact checkers and media critics

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

ST. PETERSBURG — South Florida’s most prominent congresswoman, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has not been held in high regard following her party’s nominating convention in Charlotte, a fact that ultimately could trouble her re-election campaign at home.

In just a matter of weeks, Wasserman Schultz has received criticism from media critics and Democrats alike, challenging her on claims pertaining to Israel, the Republicans’ platform and her personal threats to the head of the Susan G. Komen Foundation over Planned Parenthood.

The troubles began during the week of the Republican National Convention inTampa, when Wasserman Schultz claimed in a fundraising letter that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had directly intervened in the writing of the party’s platform on policies regarding abortion.

The email quotes its source as the Los Angeles Times, but as many media outlets and fact checkers have since pointed out, the supporting claims were misquoted and misrepresented the article in question.

“Do you at least acknowledge that the quote you gave from the LA Times is completely incorrect?” asked CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Aug. 23, pressing the DNC chair on her assertions that Romney’s campaign directly wrote the GOP platform.

“No, I don’t acknowledge that. What I’m saying is that it doesn’t matter,” Wasserman Schultz replied. She avoided further answering the question or admitting to any fault in the quote, visually frustrating the white-haired cable news host.

In another spat publicized during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the congresswomen told an audience of Democrats that the ambassador to Israel had voiced his own concerns on Republicans’ attitude to Israel.

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