When interviewed by PolitiFact about why Scott Walker was about to rack up another "false" rating for his mischaracterization of the union-stripping bill as covering "all" public employees - - when it exempted police and fire union members from certain new benefit costs - - a spokeswoman came up with perhaps the must audacious excuse yet:
He was addressing a national audience in "shorthand" and it doesn't need to hear the facts.
We asked Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews about the governor’s characterization of the law.
She acknowledged Walker did not mention the police and firefighter exemptions and said the governor was speaking in generalities for a national audience and didn’t have time to be more specific.
"He was attempting to give the viewers outside of the state of Wisconsin an idea of how things shaped up here," Matthews said.
Matthews added that Walker might have given a shorthand answer because he felt rushed: "I think from a contextural standpoint, Greta tends to be a quick interviewer."
"We gave every public employee in the state the freedom to choose whether or not they want to be in a union."
That's shorthand for inveterate lying.
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