Here’s a sign of the apocalypse: the Seattle Times is calling the Obama administration on a big lie:
The claim: A White House fact sheet released Wednesday to coincide with the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao said: “In preparation for this visit, several large purchases have been approved including for 200 Boeing airplanes. … The approval, the final step in a $19 billion package of aircraft, will help Boeing maintain and expand its market share in the world’s fastest growing commercial aircraft market.”
What we found:
The deal President Hu signed does not include any new jet orders. . . All of the airplanes in the sale were announced and booked by Boeing as firm orders over the past four years. Chinese airlines had already paid nonrefundable deposits and signed contracts for the jets, most of them as far back as 2007.
“The only thing new is (Chinese) government approval,” said Boeing spokesman Miles Kotay.
Also, the orders are for $11 billion, not $19 billion.