Thursday, August 30, 2012

Six Worst Lies in Paul Ryan's Speech Only the Beginning...

Aviva Shen at lists the Six Worst Lies in Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, noting that, "His speech was riddled with false claims, so much so that even Fox News wrote:
"To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."
But disregard for the truth seems to be standard operating procedure for the Romney-Ryan campaign whose pollster said Tuesday the campaign is not concerned with being labeled false by independent fact-checkers. “Fact checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said at a forum hosted by ABC News and Yahoo! News.

Indeed, Steve Benen of has documented 533 lies told by Mitt Romney in the past 30 weeks in his continuing series on "Mitt's Mendacity," Fred Clark noted at (See Benen's most recent update.) That gives Romney claim to the title of the most shameless liar in US politics — a considerable feat, given the competition. With secretive corporate-funded "super PACs" as well as campaigns able to repeat these lies with advertisements despite the fact-checkers' refutations, James Fallows of The Atlantic sees the media moving into the "Post-Truth Age."

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