Lying in Post-Fact America

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:21 am

Last night, I considered firing up my Commodore 64 (yes, that’s what I use, what else is out there?) and documenting all the lies in Paul Ryan’s RNC convention speech. I could join TPM and The New Republic and The Daily Beast and Huffington Post and Wonkbook and probably half a dozen more. I could [...]

Paul Ryan’s Willingness to Lie Becomes Apparent Just One Week Into National Campaign

By: Friday August 17, 2012 8:15 am

Paul Ryan, like all House Republicans, voted against the stimulus package. Then Paul Ryan, like a bunch of House Republicans, wrote letters to federal agencies requesting stimulus funds for his district. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this – if there’s money on the table, you’re not doing your job as a legislator unless you try [...]

The Last Word on the Ryan Budget – A Massively Dishonest Document

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 9:14 am

This will probably be my last post on the Paul Ryan budget, which you can access here. It’s simply not worth wasting that much space on a budget plan that not only won’t become law, but may not even pass the House. Conservatives are angry that it doesn’t cut enough, and takes too long (beyond [...]

Rumsfeld Admits WMD Linchpin of Iraq Invasion

By: Monday February 21, 2011 12:33 pm

I saw this spoken word show with Henry Rollins last night, where he talked for two hours solid without notes. And while he opened with solidarity for the uprisings in Egypt and the worker demonstrations in Wisconsin, he also was, to date, the only person I’ve heard, on media or off, comment on Candy Crowley’s [...]

Paul Ryan Lies About Spending in Obama Budget

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 11:48 am

Paul Ryan said earlier today on Morning Joe that Madison is like Cairo. He did this in the midst of a defense of Governor Scott Walker, who is the Hosni Mubarak of that scenario. So needless to say, the guy isn’t entirely bright, though he has an undeserved reputation for smarts in Washington. Here’s another [...]

Miller’s Crossing: Admits to Lying About Improper Conduct at Law Firm in 2008

By: Wednesday October 27, 2010 10:32 am

The new documents showing that Joe Miller admitted to lying about using public computers to try and rig an effort to purge the head of the Alaska GOP while working in a government job has the potential to shake up the strange three-way race in that state. Miller wrote to Fairbanks North Star Borough Attorney [...]

Exposed to Facts, the Misinformed Believe Lies More Strongly

By: Monday July 12, 2010 6:50 am

A truly disturbing study from researchers at my alma mater, the University of Michigan, reveals that political partisans reacted to facts that contradicted their worldview by clinging closer to their worldview. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were [...]

KY-Sen: Rand Paul Made Up His Own Ophthalmologist Certification

By: Monday June 14, 2010 9:14 am

Now that Rand Paul isn’t giving national interviews and discoursing about the limits to freedom of restaurant owners to throw black people out of their businesses, the traditional media has generally turned away. Locally in Kentucky, however, a major story is brewing about Paul’s previous profession, ophthalmology. The top papers in the state have questioned [...]

IL-Sen: More Kirk Lies Emerge, on Foreign Policy

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 10:14 am

Generally, I think Americans are pretty forgiving, perhaps to a fault, and one misstatement of fact among many will not necessarily sway their opinion of a politician. But a consistent record of exaggerations, misstatements and outright lies can take their toll, and a tipping point hits, where the individual basically turns into an untrustworthy buffoon. [...]

IL-Sen: Have Mark Kirk and Tommy Flanagan Ever Been in the Same Room?

By: Friday June 4, 2010 6:37 am

Watch live streaming video from chicagosuntimeslive at livestream.com It’s getting comical enough for the NBC affiliate in Chicago to post a Mark Kirk apology timeline, and have enough different activities to fill it out. When a political candidate crosses over into a laughingstock, his or her career usually goes down the tubes. And at least [...]

AZ-Gov: Brewer Fibs About Her Father’s Death

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 11:50 am

If nothing else, Richard Blumenthal has kicked off a series of critical inquiries into the lazy, casual exaggerations that politicians try to pull off every day. Sometimes these rest on a mischaracterization of the remarks (Al Gore never said he invented the Internet), sometimes they just get right by a glazed-over press corps. But now, [...]

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