THE RECENT CLAIMS by Mitt Romney's campaign about President Obama's welfare-to-work program have been awarded the top dishonesty rating of "four Pinocchios" from the Washington Post and called "wrong" by CNN, a "pants on fire" lie by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact and "simply not true" by Factcheck.org.
But Tuesday night at the Republican National Committee in Tampa, Rick Santorum called those false claims something else: a main talking point.
The former Pennsylvania senator - who came the closest to derailing Romney during the 2012 GOP primaries - picked up a key Romney attack line when he told delegates that "this summer [Obama] showed us once again he believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare.
In addition, media critics have wondered why more news outlets aren't more aggressive in calling out a presidential campaign that keeps repeating a called-out lie. Fair enough: When Santorum alleged that Obama is getting rid of welfare-work requirements, he simply wasn't telling the truth.