At Talking Points Memo, Jason Sanford explains how the Republican Party has raised the Misdirection Play to a high art.
Just read it.
A city boy will never learn everything a country boy knows by instinct. A country boy will learn everything a city boy knows in six months.
Republicans make stuff up.
It’s what they do, because the facts lean left.
The narrator’s faith that
you can’t win the argument if you don’t have the facts
is touchingly heartwarming.
Proposed headline: Hen House Strikes Back at Fox.
Fox News was found in breach of British broadcast code that says, “Factual programmes or items or portrayals of factual matters must not materially mislead the audience.”
More at the link.
“The Smart One” forgets about his brother’s signal accomplishment. Daniel Ruth sets him straight:
If you want to take issue with Obama’s management of Iraq, fine, fair enough. Hand-wring away. But in the end, there is only one person responsible for today’s Persian Gulf calamity, and Jeb needs to look no further than the family tree to find his feckless older brother, George W. Bush, as the prime architect of Iraq’s anarchy.
It was George W. Bush and his handpicked stooges who literally lied the United States into an unnecessary war with a nation that had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. But you didn’t hear that in Jeb Bush’s speech.
It was because of his brother’s ineptitude and lack of understanding of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region that after hostilities began, the Bush administration all but assured neighboring Iran would now have a compliant, albeit corrupt, ally. But you didn’t hear that in Jeb Bush’s remarks at the Reagan shrine.
More straight-setting at the link.
BadTux explains how it works.
Here’s one of his analogies:
I estimate that I will need to purchase approximately $36,000 worth of food over the next ten years. Is that a debt? According to the methodology CACS (“Caliornians for Common Sense”*–ed.) is using, it is — they count future expenses as being debts.
*In the political theatre, it’s almost certain that any performance billed as “common sense” isn’t.
Chris Christie makes more stuff up.
Governor Christie rattled off a lot of numbers in the first chance he had to answer a question at the Fox News Republican debate Thursday night. But one number he used, and one he has repeated over the months campaigning for president, is misleading.
In response to a question about his seemingly poor economic record in New Jersey – nine credit downgrades, 44th nationally in job growth and one pension fund crisis – Christie said that when he came into office, “we balanced an $11 billion deficit on a $29 billion budget by cutting over 800 programs in the state budget.”
Christie did do a lot of cutting, but he did not eliminate an $11 billion deficit in the yearly state budget.
Follow the link to the separate truth from the lies.
Steven M dissects the Foxification of a news story.
It’s a true tale of magickal mystickal transmogrification.
Oh, mercy me, I think I shall have the vapors.
A letter writer to the Roanoke Times thinks a change is in order.
Now the “right” is wrong about the church shootings in Charleston.
Do read the rest.