Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinking Facts
Republicans are apparently not even pretending anymore that they’re telling the truth. The Big Lie seems to have unabashedly become their Official Policy. One Republican campaign pollster, Neil Newhouse, even said: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” at a panel organized by ABC News. (There are sources for this quote all over the internet. I’ll put the ones I found in my own brief search below.)
The acceptance speeches of both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were “…peppered with statements that were incorrect or incomplete — seemed to signal the arrival of a new kind of presidential campaign, one in which concerns about fact-checking have been largely set aside…” according to a piece by Michael Cooper in the New York Times titled “Facts Take a Beating in Acceptance Speeches.”
All politicians lie about something, or torture the truth to gain political advantage – including the Democrats and the Obama campaign. But the Republicans evidently have decided that truth is completely irrelevant in their own campaigns. Statement after statement that they cry full throatedly is just plain wrong or barely true. Big issue, little issue, it doesn’t seem that they’re embarrassed at all when the inaccuracies are pointed out to them.
No stinking facts, is their new policy. And just what are you goin’ to do about it?