Friday, April 06, 2012

Behind the Ad: Fact-checking Romney

By Richard K. Barry

Who: The Obama/Biden Campaign

Where: Nationally

What's going on: I don't think I'd be the first person to have noticed that Mitt Romney has a problem with the truth. He just kind of says whatever fits with his bullshit characterization of President Obama and runs with it. It seems that the Obama/Biden campaign team has noticed this as well and put together a couple of clever ads recently. It's a simple technique, juxtaposing exactly what one side says to a clip showing that it's simply untrue. Jon Stewart may not have invented this, but he's perfected it on the Daily Show.

When someone has an interest in politics and wants to have credibility with themselves and others, that person tries really hard to be objective when it comes to the political talent and skill of candidates with whom they might not agree. I know I do. I just can't watch Romney, no matter what he is saying, and see anything other than a very weak candidate. The lying aside, if that's possible, he's not very good at this whole politics thing. These two clips below say it all for me. He's going to get the voters who were always going to be against Obama. Is he going to get any support from those who know how to think for themselves? That's the question

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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  • Republicans have had such great success with fabricating "the truth" that I'd suspect they'll never stop this tactic.
    To give just one example, I still hear Republicans trying to link Saddam to 9/11. At the end of the day, I'm not even sure it MATTERS in the real world that this is a lie. Millions of Republicans continue to believe it. The GOP will continue to hammer away at the truth for year after year so where one day I can foresee that it will be pretty much an established "fact" (much like the GOP lie that "Reagan won the Cold War.")
    In fact, decades from now, I can imagine that the only people who will recognize it as a lie will be a relative handful of die-hard Liberals who're sticklers for the truth. At that point, the Truth will be as well-known as an obscure Trivial Pursuit question. For everyone else, it will be an established Fact that Saddam was indeed behind 9/11.
    Like Oliver Stone once said, "History is nothing more than a bunch of bullsh*t made up by people sitting around the campfire."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:53 PM  

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