Cutting Through The Crap

Monday, September 17, 2012

Obvious To Everyone But Teabaggers


Once again, one must ask: how is it that R and R have decided to base their campaigns on lies?
... Quite simply, the Romney campaign isn’t adhering to the minimum standards required for a real policy conversation. Even if you bend over backward to be generous to them — as the Tax Policy Center did when they granted the Romney campaign a slew of essentially impossible premises in order to evaluate their tax plan — you often find yourself forced into the same conclusion: This doesn’t add up, this doesn’t have enough details to be evaluated, or this isn’t true.
I don’t like that conclusion. It doesn’t look “fair” when you say that. We’ve been conditioned to want to give both sides relatively equal praise and blame, and the fact of the matter is, I would like to give both sides relatively equal praise and blame. I’d personally feel better if our coverage didn’t look so lopsided. But first the campaigns have to be relatively equal. So far in this campaign, you can look fair, or you can be fair, but you can’t be both.

If you read the article from which the above quote is taken, you'll see he really is trying to be fair and balanced. And whereas I may make less of an effort here than he, what I argue is obvious and undeniable: the lies and distortions that come from the R side are massively more than from the Ds. And the reasons seem obvious as well: Romney and Ryan know they can't win based on the truth either of Obama's or their own plans. So they lie about his and hide theirs.

And, most importantly, they do it with the rightful confidence that their media propagandists will reinforce it, and that their audience won't care.

The more I repeat myself on this issue, the more I think it bears repeating. On the off-chance that anyone is listening.


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