Earlier today I posted Rep. Jackie Speier: “Facts don’t mean anything. That’s what’s so disturbing.” In that post, I link to a video from The Rachel Maddow Show that provides a rundown of lie after lie told by Willard Romney. Since then, of course, there have been others.
And then he avoids the press.
As Rep. Speier notes, facts are irrelevant to the GOP. They make stuff up, state it as fact, their statements get reported, quoted, and as they make their way through the news cycle, become headlines. Self-perpetuated hype and fabrication weave their way into the news as if they’re real stories… backed up by absolutely nothing.
Or as I like to call it, Fox “News” [sic].
Unfortunately, other networks run with these lies, too, and that’s why poll after poll reflect support for liars like Romney, or Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Misinformed voters believe what they’re told without bothering to fact check.
It looks like Greg Sargent is picking up where Speier left off with his “How Mitt Romney gets away with his lying”. Please read the entire post. Here are a couple of pertinent points:
The Tax Policy Center’s Roberton Williams summed it up perfectly in a quote to me:
“The bottom line is that whatever baseline you use, until Romney makes good on his promise to pay for his tax cuts, he would increase the deficit far more than Obama would.”
On the second point, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has determined that the policies put in place under Bush are the main driver of the deficits that are projected over the next decade.
… Yet the vast majority of news consumers who now know that Romney has accused Obama of lighting a “prairie fire of debt” that threatens to engulf our children and our future haven’t been told about either of them.
Former President Bill Clinton addresses this (at about 15:00), including the outlook for the U.S. economy, entitlement reform, tax policy and deficit reduction at a Fiscal Summit event sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation (Source: Bloomberg):