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Lies and Lying Liars 0

At the Guardian, Michael Cohen considers Mitt the Flip’s exceptional mendacity, something in a class by itself, and why reporters don’t call it out more frequently and emphatically:

Granted, presidential candidates are no strangers to disingenuous or overstated claims; it’s pretty much endemic to the business. But Romney is doing something very different and far more pernicious. Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.

Now, in general, those of us in the pundit class are really not supposed to accuse politicians of lying – they mislead, they embellish, they mischaracterize, etc. Indeed, there is natural tendency for nominally objective reporters, in particular, to stay away from loaded terms such as lying. Which is precisely why Romney’s repeated lies are so effective. In fact, lying is really the only appropriate word to use here, because, well, Romney lies a lot. But that’s a criticism you’re only likely to hear from partisans.

(Examples of Mitt mendacity at the link.)

The Commander Guy explains why Republicans lap this stuff up:

Modern society is complicated. Understanding the moving parts is hard. Why put in the time and effort to understand how the economy works or the health care system works or what climate science is about when you can just go with your feelings? Going with you feelings is far easier. While doing hard work and learning that the folk ways don’t work in modern society is unsettling.


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