Conservative Conspiracy Theorists Decide BLS Massaged Data to Boost Employment Numbers

By: Friday October 5, 2012 9:36 am

Because data is just fungible to the political leanings of whoever confronts it, we predictably saw a number of conservatives question today’s jobs report, suggesting that the Bureau of Labor Statistics fudged the data to help the President’s re-election campaign. Leading this charge was former GE CEO Jack Welch on Twitter. I think the government [...]

On Ron Paul and Progressivism

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 9:45 am

I wrote previously about Ron Paul’s newsletters, and I still think there’s reason to condemn not only the writings but the worldview they espouse, one which Paul embraces even as he disavows some of the finer points of the newsletters. But I think there’s more to say about this incident and what it means about [...]

Loughner’s Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage Has Origins on the Fringe Right

By: Monday January 17, 2011 8:22 am

PORTLAND – Greetings from Oregon. Republicans have pulled off a neat trick with respect to Jared Loughner. They have worked very hard to characterize him as a “whacko” and a “nutjob” (inadvertently hurting the prospect of a successful prosecution, by the way), going so far as to use the shooting as an opportunity to revamp [...]

GOP Fearmongering Succeeds In Casting Doubt On Legitimacy Of The Electoral Process

By: Thursday November 19, 2009 10:10 am

The Republican Party has engaged in a decades-long project to portray any Democratic electoral gains as fraudulent, chipping away at the legitimacy of any Democratic politician. A new poll by a Democratic firm shows that these efforts have paid off. Public Policy Polling finds that a majority of Republicans believe that ACORN stole the Presidential [...]

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