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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The L word

It's the civil convention of journalism. No one is ever called a liar, even when the falsehoods come fast and furious.

That's why it's somewhat refreshing to see Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson lay it on the line when it comes to Mitt Romney. Not only does Our Man Myth have more positions on issues than there are days of the week, he's unashamed to just fudge things too.

GOP prevarications run the gamut from the Obamacare is socialized medicine tripe to the falsehood that the president "apologizes for America." Republicans have conveniently forgotten George W. Bush and the fact he ran up huge budget deficits after inheriting a surplus.

The latest lie centers on federal spending under Barack Obama.  Read the facts and then contrast it to growth under Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and the Bushes.

Various truth squads operated by the media confirm the facts cited by Market Watch, although they exhibit a desire to dance on the head of a pin to maintain an appearance of "balance." Too bad conservative outlets like Fox News show no such interest in being fair and balanced.

And therein lies the problem. While the talking heads on Fox spout GOP talking points, the mainstream media has an aversion to truth-telling in the form of calling out "facts" that are not and politicians who spout them.

That allows lies to bloom like weeds, while facts get lost in the clutter.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Liar" is too indelicate a word for politicians to use. Instead, they prefer the 50 cent, "Disingenuous" term for the same thing.

May 29, 2012 9:23 AM  

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