Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Republi-CON Modus Operandi: Barefaced Lies

UPDATE III:  The Republi-con Party, aka The Just Make Stuff Up Party. 

Read the Washington Post, Romney’s unsubstantiated quote from union leader

UPDATE II:  The Chevrolet Volt, the European Car of the Year, is another subject of repeated Republi-con lies.

First, "the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given the Volt its highest crash-safety rating. . ."

[Next, w]hat is the connection between President Obama and the Volt? There is none. The car was the brainchild of Bob Lutz, a legendary auto executive who is about as liberal as the Koch brothers. The tax credit — which is part of the reason conservatives hate the car — became law during the Bush administration.

'It's nuts,” said Lutz, when I spoke to him earlier in the week. 'This is a significant achievement in the auto industry. There are so many legitimate things to criticize Obama about. It is inexplicable that the right would feel the need to tell lies about the Volt to attack the president.'

In his regular blog at Forbes, Lutz has tried to counter what he has called the 'rabid, sadly misinformed right.' But he has largely given up. The last straw came when his conservative intellectual hero, Charles Krauthammer, described the Volt as 'flammable.' Krauthammer, Lutz felt, had to know better. Although he remains deeply conservative, Lutz told me that he has become disenchanted with the right’s willingness to spread lies to aid the cause. . .

Not to worry, though. With seven months to go before the election, Cavuto and his Fox News brethren will have plenty of opportunities to denigrate an innovative car, employing American technology and creating American jobs, in order to besmirch a president who had nothing to do with it.

It is, after all, what they do."

Read The New York Times, The Right Flames the Volt.

UPDATE:  "Mitt Romney is developing a Mirlande Wilson problem.

Wilson, for those not acquainted with the name, is the Maryland woman who claimed to have a winning lottery ticket worth $218 million. She had agreed to buy lottery tickets with money pooled from her co-workers at McDonald's, but then she claimed that the winning ticket was one she bought separately. As the New York Daily News has documented, she has since claimed she's not sure she won, she hasn't checked the ticket, the ticket is at her home, the ticket is hidden at McDonald's, the ticket is secreted away somewhere else, and now she can't find it.

On Wednesday, she called a news conference, only for her lawyer to tell reporters to 'go home.'

This was developing, by chance, on the same day I watched Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, give a speech in Washington. Like Wilson and her golden ticket, Romney was having some trouble getting out the facts. . .

No fewer than three Romney claims in that one speech merited PolitiFact's 'Pants on Fire' rating: that Obama led 'a government takeover of health care,' has been 'apologizing for America abroad' and is ending 'Medicare as we know it.' Romney's assertions that Obama 'is the only president to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare' and that eliminating Obamacare saves 'about $100 billion' were rated false.

That Romney resorts to such gratuitous falsehoods discredits his leadership more than his opponent's."

Read the Washington Post, The facts vs. Mitt Romney.

A barefaced lie "is one that is obviously a lie to those hearing it."

Watch Santorum "pull one out of his [bare] ass," at the Colbert Report, Rick Santorum Speaks from His Heart - California Colleges:

All part of the Republi-CON "not intended to be a factual statement" and "misinformation" propaganda industry