Archive for deception

Dirty Tricks Dep't: Election Day is November SIXTH. This tweet says otherwise, using Pres. Obama's image.



UPDATE: The tweet has now been deleted. The Facebook pages are still active.

This needs to stop. NOW.

If anyone knows the origin of this photo (Facebook?), please contact me.

Paul Tannahill ‏aka @PabloMac, you could be in big trouble.

UPDATE: Someone on Facebook has a page devoted to this:


GOP Voter Fraud Hucksters Latest Lie: Felons Made Franken U.S. Senator


Please share this, it's right up my alley, as you probably know by now. Cross-posted from AlterNet with permission. Read all the gory details at the link:

A new book by discredited partisans is meant to rile GOP voter vigilantes.

Right-wingers are in a tizzy over excerpts from a new book by two of the GOP’s leading voter-fraud hucksters alleging that Minnesota’s Democratic Senator Al Franken would not have won a statewide recount in 2009 were it not for ex-felons voting illegally. [...]

The problem with this assertion—from a new book by The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund and George W. Bush Justice Department attorney Hans von Spakovsky—is that it is not just factually wrong  [...]

Bonnifield sent a questionnaire to every Minnesota county prosecutor and found not one allegation of voter fraud was prosecutable beyond the issues facing the ex-felons—there was no double voting, underage voting, voter impersonation, coercion of  elderly or disabled voters, or non-citizen voting.  [...]

In a state where 2.9 million people voted in November 2008, even if there were 243 illegal voters—and that includes people who have not yet been proven guilty—less than one-thousandth of 1 percent of the state’s electorate registered or voted illegally.  [...]

But beyond arguments over voter ID, there is a bigger point. Republicans increasingly have been trying to tilt the rules surrounding all aspects of voting in recent elections—from restricting voter registration drives, to rules validating voter registration applications, to presenting more specific forms of ID to get a ballot, to toughening the rules for counting provisional ballots given to people who lack that ID, to suing afterwards if the vote count is close. All of these tactics are in play in the 2012 presidential election.

Beyond ignoring the facts, the implicit racism in this latest charge may be its most repugnant feature, as many felons are presumed not likely to be white.


Doctors say Susan G. Komen for the Cure used "deceptive statistics" to "sell" mammograms


Remember the big uproar over Komen's decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood? Add this new controversy to the mix: Two Dartmouth Medical School professors are saying that the organization is distorting statistics in order to sell mammograms.


A commentary [by , Dr. Steven Woloshin and Dr. Lisa Schwartz of the Center for Medicine and the Media at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice] published Thursday in the journal BMJ describes how the world’s largest breast cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, uses deceptive statistics to promote mammography screening.

They launched magazine ads last October that claimed "The five-year survival rate for breast cancer when caught early is 98 percent. When it's not? 23 percent." However:

“The only reliable way to know that a screening test works is the extent to which it reduces deaths in a randomized trial,” write Woloshin and Schwartz.

And what do those trials tell us? They show that mammography screening reduces the likelihood that a woman in her 50s will die from breast cancer over the next 10 years from 0.53 percent to 0.46 percent, a difference of 0.07 percentage points.

That’s a long, long way from the 75 percentage points cited in the Koman ad. Furthermore, as Woloshin and Schwartz point out, the ad says nothing about the harms of screening: the unnecessary biopsies that occur with false positive results and the unnecessary chemotherapy, radiation or surgery that women go through when they are overdiagnosed.

ABC adds this:

The problem is that a five-year survival rate is easy to manipulate, [Dr. Steven Woloshin] said. The ad compares five-year survival rates for early-stage cancers and late-stage cancers, which Woloshin said is not a meaningful way to measure the benefits of screening.

Not the best way to restore their already badly tarnished reputation.


1,000,000+ Jobs Lost In Districts Where Pro-Outsourcing Chamber Advertises


Think Progress does it again. If anyone can expose the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their zillions of dollars of money-trailitude to GOP campaigns, they can.

Oh, and about that outsourcing:

Today, a new report by the nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog Campaign Money Watch found that more than 1.4 million jobs were outsourced since 1994 in the nine states in which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending significant money. The group also found that more than 184,000 jobs were lost to outsourcing in the 22 congressional districts in which the Chamber has spent $4.8 million on political ads in the same time period.

The Citizens United States of America.

"Corporations can impinge on freedom."

--Jon Stewart to Eric Cantor on The Daily Show.

Please hop over to Think Progress for all the details.


The Chamber Of Commerce Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies


Think Progress has an exclusive, and what an exclusive it is!

Here is one measly little excerpt from an excellent, must-read piece, including an eye-popping chart. Visuals are so effective, are they not?

The Chamber is being deceptive. In addition to multinational members of the Chamber headquartered abroad (like BP, Shell Oil, and Siemens), a new ThinkProgress investigation has identified at least 84 other foreign companies that actively donate to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6). [...]

[F]oreign donations [...] go directly to the Chamber without any intermediary, like an “AmCham” or another Chamber affiliate organization. In fact, a Chamber spokesperson acknowledged the foreign funds go into the Chamber’s general account.

Please read the details here.

Meantime, it turns out that, according to a Bloomberg poll, anonymous business donations DO tick off voters... despite the "conventional wisdom" and the reluctance of most news outlets to acknowledge such an inconvenient report.


Secret, tax-exempt dollars from "grassroots" organization fund political fights


The New York Times has something you should read. Here's an excerpt:

Alaskans grew suspicious two years ago when a national organization called Americans for Job Security showed up and spent $1.6 million pushing a referendum to restrict development of a gold and copper mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

It seemed an oddly parochial fight for a pro-business group based in the Washington suburbs that had spent tens of millions of dollars since the late 1990s roughing up Democrats with negative advertisements around election time.

But after the mine’s supporters filed a complaint with the state, it became clear that what was depicted as grass-roots opposition was something else entirely: Americans for Job Security, investigators found, had helped create the illusion of a popular upwelling to shield the identity of a local financier who paid for most of the referendum campaign.

More broadly, they said, far from being a national movement advocating a “pro-paycheck message,” the group is actually a front for a coterie of political operatives, devised to sidestep campaign disclosure rules.

“Americans for Job Security has no purpose other than to cover various money trails all over the country,” the staff of the Alaska Public Offices Commission said in a report last year.

Corporate grassroots in action.

Please go read the entire piece here.

I feel a Rachel Maddow investigation coming...

H/t: Gr8RDH

H/t: Gr8RDH


Another Candidate Exaggerates Vietnam Experience


A Republican named Robert Bentley is running for governor of Alabama. He has a campaign ad that mentions how he served his country "with honesty and integrity."

Nothing wrong with that, right? The ad includes a visual of a military aircraft and the words "Hospital Commander Vietnam War."

Sounds admirable to me. You?

But oops, the AP contradicts Bentley the Not Vietnam Commander:

Bentley’s biography on his campaign website says he joined the Air Force in 1969, but his service was as a medical officer and then the commander of the hospital at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina.

Bentley says he treated people wounded in Vietnam, but the ad never says he served in Vietnam.

Ahh, he's the North Carolina Commander.

I taught Don Grady's daughter improv comedy; therefore I was on "My Three Sons".

I once had a gift basket business filled with containers of Fran Drescher's gourmet croutons; therefore I was on "The Nanny".

I used to live next door to Sally Field; therefore I appeared on "Brothers and Sisters".

I've talked on the phone to friends who live in Washington DC; therefore I am the president of the United States.

I am a member of the GOP; therefore I am an idiot.

H/t: Taegan