The "fact checkers" to whom Newhouse was referring were self-appointed
main-stream media types. The issue involved a Romney ad in which the ad
stated "Obama quitetly announced plans to eliminate work requirements for
welfare recipients." The New York Times asserted that the claim was false.
Others picked up the chant, including Politico, Huffington Post,
FactCheck.org, and others.
"The argument stems from the decision by the federal Department of Health
and Human Services that it can grant waivers to states relating to the law's
mandated work requirements for welfare recipients."
The claim was not false.
Here is a more nuanced discussion:
Of course, it would be moot if in the name of less government, states
would just refuse federal assistance. Sort of like a real "we built
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