DWS Caught in Web of Lies

Debbie Wasserman Schultz / AP
September 5, 2012

As DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Ambassador-gate scandal deepened last night, political observers were left wondering how someone who lies so frequently could be so bad at it.

The DNC chair appeared on Fox News to defend her claim that the Israeli ambassador to the United States said Republicans are "dangerous for Israel." Earlier, the ambassador had rebuked her by releasing an unusual statement—ambassadors stay out of domestic politics unless they've been dragged into them by unscrupulous politicians—"categorically denying" having said any such thing.

Instead of clarifying or backing down from her remarks, DWS doubled down, choosing to smear the person who originally reported her words as a liar.

"I didn’t say he said that," she contended. "And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper. It’s not surprising they would deliberately misquote me."

What she must be surprised to learn today is that reporters carry tape recorders, and the reporter she accuses of "deliberately" misquoting her—the Washington Examiner's Phil Klein—had her entire speech on tape. So he has posted the audio, proving that his quote was flawlessly faithful to her words.

Washington observers are waiting to see if she will now accuse Klein of fabricating the recording.