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    Mitt Romney’s bid to become liar-in-chief →

    “When challenged about an untruthful statement, Romney’s tactic is to deny he said it – lie trumping lie.”

    Michael Cohen summarizes the lies which Romney has been repeatedly called out for, yet he continues to use:

    President Obama:

    • “My personal favorite in Romney’s cavalcade of untruths is his repeated assertion that President Obama has apologized for America. […] President Obama never went around the world and apologized for America – and yet, even after multiple news organizations have pointed out this is a “pants on fire” lie, Romney keeps making it. Indeed, the “Obama apology tour”, along with the president bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, are practically the lodestars of the GOP’s criticism of Obama’s foreign policy performance (the Saudi thing isn’t true either).”

    The stimulus / private-sector / public-sector jobs:

    • “According to Romney, “that stimulus didn’t put more private-sector people to work.” While one can quibble over whether the stimulus went far enough, the idea that it didn’t create private-sector jobs has no relationship to reality. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus bill created more than 3m jobs – a view shared by 80% of economists polled by the Chicago Booth School of Business (only 4% disagree).”
    • “Romney also likes to argue that the stimulus didn’t help private-sector job growth, but rather helped preserve government jobs. In fact, the Obama years have been witness to massive cuts in government employment. While the private sector is not necessarily “doing fine”, as Obama said in a recent White House press conference, it’s doing a heck of a lot better than the public sector.”

    Taxes:

    Auto bailout:

    Obamacare / Affordable Care Act:

    • “Then, there is the recent Romney nugget that the Obama administration passed Obamacare with the full knowledge that it “would slow down the economic recovery in this country” and that the White House “knew that before they passed it”. It’s an argument so clearly spun from whole cloth that according to Jonathan Chait, the acerbic political columnist for New York Magazine, Romney is “Just Making Stuff Up Now”.”
    • “Also of Obamacare, Romney has said that it will lead to the government taking over 50% of the economy (not true) – its true cost can’t be computed (that’s why we have a Congressional Budget Office in the United States); that it will create to “a massive European-style entitlement” (many liberals wish this were true, but alas, it is not); and that it will lead to a government-run healthcare system (a lie so pervasive that it’s practically become shorthand for Republicans – yet it too, like the infamous made-up death panels of the health care debate, is simply not accurate).”

    Why does Romney lie? Cohen explains: “The lying from the Romney campaign is so out-of-control that Steve Benen, a blogger and producer for the Rachel Maddow showcompiles a weekly list of “Mitt’s Mendacity” that is chockfull of new untruths. […] Romney has figured out a loophole – one can lie over and over, and those lies quickly become part of the political narrative, practically immune to “fact-checking”. Ironically, the more Romney lies, the harder it then becomes to correct the record. Even if an enterprising reporter can knock down two or three falsehoods, there are still so many more that slip past. […] As… Steve Benen told me: ‘Romney gets away with it because he and his team realize contemporary political journalism isn’t equipped to deal with a candidate who lies this much, about so many topics, so often.’

    “Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.”

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #class war  #economy  #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #affordable care act  #apologized for america  #auto bailout  #GOP  #he lies because he can  #jobs  #let detroit go bankrupt  #liar  #liar in chief  #lies  #lower under obama  #lying  #michael cohen  #Mitt Romney  #mitt's mendacity  #obama apology tour  #obamacare  #President Obama  #private sector  #public sector  #Republicans  #steve benen 
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Mitt Romney Keeps Lying – Mitt Romney is not only lying more often as the primary draws to close, he’s also telling bigger lies. “We know that under Barack Obama, 800,000 jobs have been lost. We know that under Barack Obama, 2.3 million homes have been foreclosed upon. We know that under this president, chronic unemployment is the worst it’s been in American history.” No, it is not the worst it’s been in American history. I expect the general election will be filled with one lie after another, because there is no credible way for Romney and the Republicans to attack the president without lying…
Romney (and the rest of the GOP) can’t ever make a point without acting like they’re in a junior high lunch room:  
“Our president doesn’t have the same feelings about American exceptionalism that we do,”Romney told a conservative crowd. Obama rebuffs Romney on ‘exceptional’ America – “It’s still primary season for the Republican Party,” [Obama] said, but then took aim at Romney’s central argument. “It’s worth noting that I first arrived on the national stage with a speech at the Democratic Convention that was entirely about American exceptionalism and that my entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism. But, you know, I will cut folks some slack for now because they’re still trying to get their nomination.”

    Mitt Romney Keeps Lying – Mitt Romney is not only lying more often as the primary draws to close, he’s also telling bigger lies. “We know that under Barack Obama, 800,000 jobs have been lost. We know that under Barack Obama, 2.3 million homes have been foreclosed upon. We know that under this president, chronic unemployment is the worst it’s been in American history.” No, it is not the worst it’s been in American history. I expect the general election will be filled with one lie after another, because there is no credible way for Romney and the Republicans to attack the president without lying…


    Romney (and the rest of the GOP) can’t ever make a point without acting like they’re in a junior high lunch room: 
     

    Our president doesn’t have the same feelings about American exceptionalism that we do,”Romney told a conservative crowd. Obama rebuffs Romney on ‘exceptional’ America“It’s still primary season for the Republican Party,” [Obama] said, but then took aim at Romney’s central argument. “It’s worth noting that I first arrived on the national stage with a speech at the Democratic Convention that was entirely about American exceptionalism and that my entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism. But, you know, I will cut folks some slack for now because they’re still trying to get their nomination.”

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #president obama  #lying  #american exceptionalism  #shithead  #gop  #republicans 
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VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: 
Did Anyone In Conservative Media Actually Read Or Listen To Sandra Fluke’s Testimony? - Conservative media figures, led by Rush Limbaugh, have continually distorted and exaggerated the content of Sandra Fluke’s testimony before Democratic members of Congress. They have gone so far afield of Fluke’s actual testimony that it often appears as if they never actually watched or read it. Here are some of the conservative claims about Fluke’s testimony, along with what she actually said.

    VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: 

    Did Anyone In Conservative Media Actually Read Or Listen To Sandra Fluke’s Testimony? - Conservative media figures, led by Rush Limbaugh, have continually distorted and exaggerated the content of Sandra Fluke’s testimony before Democratic members of Congress. They have gone so far afield of Fluke’s actual testimony that it often appears as if they never actually watched or read it. Here are some of the conservative claims about Fluke’s testimony, along with what she actually said.

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #news  #politics  #sandra fluke  #rush limbaugh  #rightwingnuts  #far right  #apologists  #exaggerated testimony  #lying  #fox  #actually listened to fluke's testimony? 
    Gingrich’s chickens are coming home to roost: Adios, Newt →

    Newt Gingrich’s campaign admitted Wednesday that the former Speaker had not provided ABC News “witnesses” that would undermine his former wife Marianne’s claims that he had requested an open relationship, despite Gingrich having claimed to have done so in his widely praised debate performance last Thursday. — Gingrich campaign admits it provided no ‘witnesses’ to refute ex-wife’s claims

    via: thedailywhat:

    Lies Newt Gingrich Told Me of the Day: John King, not one to let things go, has successfully managed to compel the Gingrich campaign to admit that the GOP presidential candidate was “wrong” when he claimed that his staff offered up witnesses to debunk the claims made by his ex-wife on ABC’s NightlineWatch video:

    Interesting! What else has Newt lied about, I wonder… maybe his relationship with Saint Reagan?

    via: afternoonsnoozebutton:

    Gingrich: “I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan”…”I developed supply side economics in the 1970’s”

    (Also, Gingrich also possibly discovered electricity and formed man in his own image.)

    Uh, oh. Drudge alert!

    via: inothernews:

    “Well,” said Ronald Reagan’s ghost, “it’s bedtime for Newtzo.”

    Here are Drudge’s links:

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #ABC News  #Drudge Report  #Florida  #GOP  #john king  #lying  #lying liar  #Newt Gingrich  #newt is made of imagination  #presidential candidates  #primary  #Republicans  #Ronald Reagan 
    "Quite simply, I think she’s lying. If she had in fact ordered the police to specifically NOT use force when dealing with the protestors, her immediate reaction when the incident happened would not be some passive voice doublespeak and a limp attempt to blame the students, it would have been a forceful condemnation and swift action towards the police who VIOLATED HER DIRECT ORDERS."
    — 2 years ago with 13 notes
    #politics  #news  #pepper spraying cop  #uc davis  #ows  #Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi  #lying