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Study: Media Fact-Checker Says Republicans Lie More




A leading media fact-checking organization rates Republicans as less trustworthy than Democrats, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University. The study finds that has rated Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims during President Obama’s second term. Republicans continue to get worse marks in recent weeks, despite controversies over Obama administration statements on Benghazi, the IRS and the AP.


The study examined 100 statements involving factual claims by Democrats (46 claims) and Republicans (54 claims), which were fact-checked by during the four month period from the start of President Obama’s second term on January 20 through May 22, 2013.

Major findings:

PolitiFact rated 32% of Republican claims as “false” or “pants on fire,” compared to 11% of Democratic claims – a 3 to 1 margin. Conversely, Politifact rated 22% of Democratic claims as “entirely true” compared to 11% of Republican claims – a 2 to 1 margin.

A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements. Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements.

Despite controversies over Obama administration statements regarding Benghazi, the IRS and the Associated Press, Republicans have continued to fare worse than Democrats, with 60% of their claims rated as false so far this month (May 1 – May 22), compared to 29% of Democratic statements – a 2 to 1 margin.


Dep't. of What Else Is New-- Survey: U.S. medical costs top other developed nations'



Despite the Affordable Care Act making some wonderful changes and improvements, health care in this country is ridiculously expensive and we would benefit by switching to a more efficient, less expensive single payer system. One day...

The Los Angeles Times is reporting the results of an annual report by the International Federation of Health Plans, an industry trade group, and the short version is that we pay way more than other countries for health services.

well duh

The group surveyed its member companies in 12 different countries, to be exact, comparing the costs of things like prescription drugs, knee replacement surgery, and colonoscopies.

An average day in a U.S. hospital cost $4,287 last year. It was less than $1,000 in New Zealand, France, South Africa and Spain. [...]

Lipitor, a top-selling drug to fight high cholesterol, goes for $124 on average in the U.S., according to the report. Chile was less than half that at $60, France was $48 and South Africans got it for $11.

The word "colonoscopy" is by itself enough of a deterrent, but the price as compared to other countries is even more of a put-off. We spend and average of $1,185 for the pleasure of undergoing that lovely little procedure compared to $893 in the United Kingdom and $655 in Switzerland.

And for a C-section birth, we pay $15,041 here, which is about three times as much as one would shell out in the Netherlands, United Kingdom or New Zealand.

Even within the U.S., experts note that prices vary considerably for the same medical procedure or test with little or no difference in quality.

Medicare for all. The End.


Video Mid Day Distraction- Mistletoe Kissing Prank


So sweet and innocent, I kept on thinking of cold germs. Via.


Study: Small Business Owners Favor Obama Despite 'You Didn't Build That' Comments


See, the media takes it's "opinion" on this straight from the NFIB and Chamber of Commerce, so any semblance of reality just doesn't appear.

Small business owners believe President Barack Obama would be more supportive of them than GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, according to a new study by George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management with local services site Thumbtack.

The majority of small business owners surveyed support Obama (39 percent vs. 31 percent for Romney) despite the president's controversial comment "you didn't build that," which has become a rallying cry for the Republican Party to attract small business owners.

"These entrepreneurs are busy with their businesses, so they are less engaged in the rough and tumble of national politics," said David Rehr, a lead researcher on the study with GWU, of why "you didn't build that" didn't have more of an impact. "I think the data also shows the Romney campaign needs to continue to refine its message to these voters."


Survey: Most would pay more for safer food


One thing I've never understood is how the Republicans get away with cutting funds for food inspection. Amazing how they manage to get what they want when the majority of the nation is dead opposite.

PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) -- Challenging conventional wisdom that most people want smaller government and less expensive food, a U.S. survey indicates most would pay more for safer food.

The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned a poll by Hart Research and American Viewpoint that indicates 66 percent support additional funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety.

Seventy-four percent feel it is worth a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in the cost of food to pay for new safety measures in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law this year. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed favor food companies paying an average annual fee of $1,000 to help cover the cost of new FDA food safety activities.

Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults say they worry a great deal about food being contaminated with bacteria that makes it unsafe to eat, while 85 percent say the government should be responsible for ensuring that food is safe to eat and 71 percent of voters say the FDA plays a very important or essential role in protecting Americans' health and safety.


Acting rudely perceived as powerful


Well then Chris Christie must be the most powerful man in the U.S.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 20 (UPI) -- People with power don't have to respect the basic rules of social behavior the way most other people do, Dutch researchers said.

Study leader Gerben Van Kleef of the University of Amsterdam said the powerful have fewer rules to follow, and live in environments of money, knowledge and support, while people without power live with threats of punishment and firm limits. For many people, acting rudely reveals power.

In the study, test subjects saw two videos showing a man at a sidewalk cafe -- one in which he put his feet on another chair, dropped cigarette ashes and ordered a meal brusquely, and one in which he behaved politely. Those who saw the rude behavior were more likely than those who saw politeness to say he was likely to "get to make decisions" and able to "get people to listen to what he says."

In another study, Van Kleef and colleagues had people come to the university and interact with a rule follower (polite and acted normally) and a rule breaker (arrived late, threw down his bag on a table and put up his feet.) After the interaction, people said the rule breaker had more power and was more likely to "get others to do what he wants."


Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid


Mark over at News Corpse is always a good read. Here's a piece that speaks the truth about all the ClusterFox lies:

World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false. [...]

The GOP benefited from the ignorance that Fox News helped to proliferate.

Mark has plenty of Foxy details. Hop over and read.

H/t: @42bkdodgr, writer2go