“For his first interview as President, Obama chose Arab TV for an apology.”

Claim:  “For his first interview as President, Obama chose Arab TV for an apology.”

Ad(s):  “No Apologies. No Weakness. Stop Iran.”

Sponsor(s):  Secure America Now

Air Dates: July 15-25, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $338,254

Market(s):  West Palm Beach

Stations:  WFLX, WPBF, WPEC, WPTV

 

Politifact Summary:  “The ad uses only his comments, “Start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating.” But Obama was discussing how to begin brokering a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. He was not referring to Iran, as the ad implies. In addition, we don’t agree that those words equate to an apology. In that statement, and a few others, Obama seemed to be acknowledging that past efforts in the Middle East have been imperfect… Nowhere in the interview did Obama use the word “apology,” “apologize” or “sorry.”

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