Whopper of the Week: Tommy Thompson
"Nobody has ever said there are 64 completely developed [stem-cell] lines. Nobody has ever said that."
--Tommy Thompson, in a Sept. 6 interview with Laura Meckler of the Associated Press. The day before, Thompson told a Senate hearing that there were 24 or 25 completely developed stem-cell lines. To view or listen to the hearing, click here.
"I would like to point out--you know, there's a lot of questions about, you know, the viability of these cell lines. And let me just explain that a little bit for you, the listening public. There are 60 that we know of, real, viable, robust embryonic stem-cell lines [italics Chatterbox's] across the country, around the world."
--Thompson, in an Aug. 12 appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.
"I requested the scientists at NIH on behalf of the president, to find out exactly how many embryonic stem-cell lines are available for use, for research. And we were surprised, I was surprised, the scientists at NIH were. And they made a detailed inventory, and not only did they do it before the president's speech, they did it subsequent to the president's speech, and they once again corroborated, the scientists did [at] NIH, that there are 60 viable,robust [italics Chatterbox's],diversified embryonic stem-cell lines available for research. ... [T]he research can be done on the existing lines. They're robust [italics Chatterbox's], they're diversified, they're going to give the scientists all the information they need. ..."
--Thompson, in an Aug. 12 appearance on CNN Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer.
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Aug. 30, 2001: HHS spokesman Bill Pierce
Aug. 23, 2001: Variety Editor Peter Bart
Aug. 17, 2001: Tom Daschle
Aug 10, 2001: Robert Mueller
Aug. 3, 2001: Barbara Olson
July 27, 2001: Jeffrey Archer
July 20, 2001: George W. Bush
July 13, 2001: George W. Bush
July 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone
June 29, 2001: David Brock
June 22, 2001: Edmund Morris
June 15, 2001: George W. Bush
June 8, 2001: Nepali Prince Regent (subsequently, King) Gyanendra
June 1, 2001: Mary McGrory
May 25, 2001: Ari Fleischer
May 18, 2001: York, Pa., Mayor Charles Robertson
May 11, 2001: Ted Olson
May 4, 2001: Rear Admiral Craig Quigley
April 27, 2001: Ben Affleck
April 20, 2001: South Carolina state legislator Chip Limehouse
April 13, 2001: Gray Davis
April 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone
March 30, 2001: Spencer Abraham
March 23, 2001: George W. Bush, Rep. Jennifer Dunn, and/or the Treasury Department
March 16, 2001: George W. Bush
March 9, 2001: Russ Freyman, spokesman, National Association of Manufacturers
March 2, 2001: Paul O'Neill
Feb. 23, 2001: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Feb. 16, 2001: Oscar spokesman John Pavlik
Feb. 9, 2001: Lynne Cheney
Feb. 2, 2001: Bobby Thomson
Jan. 26, 2001: Denise Rich