Border Crisis Is the New Death Panels

Trump and his surrogates have spent the two weeks since Trump shut down the government promoting their latest big lie — that there is a crisis at the southern border.

But after years of being on the receiving end of Trump’s lies, the media ain’t buying it. Check out this list of fact-check articles about the Oval Office speech he gave last night from mainstream media outlets:


Jon Stewart on GOP Lies about Obama’s ‘Build It’ Comment: ‘You Really Wanna Hang Your Entire Campaign on a Willful, Out of Context Misunderstanding?’


Jon Stewart delves into the debate surrounding President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line last night on The Daily Show. Or rather, he delved into the lack of need for debate around Obama’s poorly worded assertion that businesses received government help to succeed. “You really wanna hang your entire campaign on a willful, out of context misunderstanding?” he asked the Mitt Romney campaign.


Romney Is Lying Again – Obama Was Right, ‘Business’ Does Not Build Roads, Bridges And Did Not Create the Internet

If conservatism were a legitimate ideology, Republicans would not have to lie and lie and lie to get elected. The Romney campaign, its adjunct propagandists at Fox and right-wing bloggers are having a field day claiming that Pres. Obama dissed small businesses when he said it was the government, not small businesses, that funds and builds roads and bridges, and that it was government-funded research that developed the Internet.

Here’s the snippet they have taken out of context:

PRES. OBAMA: If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.


The Root of Mitt Romney’s Comfort with Lying: His Mormon Faith

From the series “Republicans on the Couch” by Justin Frank, M.D., at Time Magazine:

I found myself discussing this situation [Romney’s ability to lie with ease] with several colleagues, and we agreed that Romney doesn’t lie. Let me repeat: Mitt Romney doesn’t lie. He is telling the truth as he sees it — and truth it is, the facts notwithstanding. This is not simply a case of Hamlet arguing about point of view, saying, “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

This is about a conflict between evidence and faith. There is a long tradition in the Mormon belief system in which evidence takes second place to faith. Examples abound, as when two Mormon elders who were questioned about the inconsistency in passages from the Book of Mormon said, “We know the Book of Mormon is true and that it contains the Word of God even in the face of evidence that appears contradictory,” according to The Mormon Missionaries by former Mormon Janice Hutchison. Thus there are no lies, only faith-based certainty that translates as truth for which no apology is needed, since what was said was not a lie.

Romney’s Blizzard of Lies Strategy, Cont’d: Mitt Told 30 Lies in One Week – Apparently a New Record

As we noted last week, Mitt Romney has adopted the Karl Rove/George Bush “blizzard of lies” strategy in which the the candidate or politician bombards voters with so many lies that it becomes impossible to keep up. Steve Benen at MaddowBlog, who has been doing a yeoman’s job tracking Romney’s lies, reports that last week — which was the 23rd week Benen has been tallying up Romney’s lies — Mitt told the most lies in any week so far.

Here are the first ten lies Mitt Romney told last week from Benen’s list:


Romney Proves He’s Both a Liar and an Asshole – All in One Sentence

What — what the president did, he — he should have worked on this years ago. If he felt seriously about this, he should have taken action when he had a Democrat House and Senate, but he didn’t. He saves these sort of things until four and a half months before the general election.

– Putative GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on “Face the Nation” on June 17, referring to Pres. Obama’s decision to halt deportation of children of undocumented workers. In this one statement, Romney lies about the history of the DREAM Act and proves conclusively that he is an asshole. First the lying: the DREAM Act passed in both the Democratic controlled House and Senate late in 2010, but it “only” received 55 votes in the Senate, not the 60 votes needed to prevent a Republican filibuster. Second, Republican pols use witch-hunter Sen. Joe McCarthy’s formulation of “Democrat” as an adjective — as in “Democrat Congress” — as proof to their half-witted base that they are assholes who enjoy annoying grammarians and Democrats.

Big Media Can’t Be Bothered to Keep Up with the Romney Campaign’s Rovian ‘Blizzard of Lies’ Strategy

If Mitt Romney wins the presidency in November it will be because he has adopted the George W. Bush/Karl Rove “reality creation” strategy, wherein the candidate/elected official and his or her surrogates tell so many lies, day in and day out, that the overpaid but beleaguered national political media can’t be bothered to keep up.

Just as there was in the Bush years, a cottage industry is coalescing on the Interwebs around the mission of tracking the Romney team’s “blizzard of lies” strategy with fact checking and lie listings. Media Matters does a good job, of course, and there’s and right-leaning Politifact, but check out Romney the Liar, at Blogspot, for starters. Here are a few other sources:


Romney Flip Flops on Ryan Budget: Cuts Would Cause ‘a Recession or Depression, So I’m Not Going to Do That, Of Course’

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“I think it’d be marvelous if the Senate were to pick up Paul Ryan’s budget and to adopt it and pass it along to the president,” Mitt Romney told Wisconsin voters early last month — referring, of course to the federal budget passed by Republicans in the House on a party line vote that would cut trillions out of the budget over 10 years, including $3.3 trillion from programs that benefit low-income families.

But now Romney appears to view the draconian cuts he endorsed just a few weeks ago as decidedly un-marvelous. In a softball interview with right-wing Time Magazine reporter Mark Halperin published this week, Romney has executed one of his trademark 180-degree flip flops when it comes to cutting the budget: