Sunday, July 01, 2012


I KNOW THE BELTWAY MEDIA, MUCH OF MSNBC ARE LOATHE to tell the TRUTH about Mitt Romney's PANDEMIC LIES. Some hosts are either time-constrained, or have a "cultural" block to calling a fellow ELITIST a LIAR — how's that "taking on powerful politicians" working for you, Andrea? — so they settle upon a false equivalence of mendacious neglect. Here's what I'd like to know: When is a nominally truth-seeking show like Meet The Press actually going to ask the question of a Romney Team surrogate: Why is your candidate INCAPABLE OF TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING?! Here's PolitiFact's compilation of Mitt's latest LIES on Obamacare:

1. Mitt Romney says "Obamacare" means up to 20 million Americans will lose insurance they like and want. — FALSE. Romney said that "Obamacare … means that for up to 20 million Americans, they will lose the insurance they currently have, the insurance that they like and they want to keep." That number is cherry-picked, and he’s wrong to describe it as only including people who "like" their coverage, since many of those 20 million will be leaving employer coverage voluntarily for better options. Romney also ignores that under the status quo, many more people today "lose" coverage than even the highest, cherry-picked CBO estimate. We rate his statement FALSE.

2. "Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt." — FALSE. We find no factual basis for Romney’s claim that the law "adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt." We rate his statement FALSE.

BUT WAIT! MSNBC's very own Rachel Blog hosting the incisive Steve Benen has a little advertised, running weekly series: Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXIV and XXIII linked here. (The latest entry includes 21 LIES Mitt Romney has uttered this past week. And the week before that, 30 LIES.) My question for Rachel — and for ALL MSNBC hosts — is why Mitt's SERIAL LYING isn't treated as a separate, discrete story worthy of its own examination, with a professional psychiatrist to opine?

Gee, silly me but I always felt that an individual who is constitutionally incapable of TELLING THE TRUTH is, by definition, MENTALLY ILL and that We, The People have an abiding interest in NOT ELECTING a MENTAL CASE as our president. (Am I right, Rachel? When is Steve, and in particular this series, going to crack your show on the TV Machine?!) PS. — Honorable mention for covering Mitt's pathological LIES to Martin, Big Eddie, and Lawrence. But that story, covering this weirdo's mental pathology is still lacking.

PPS. — FYI, Chris: Romney delivered his reply to the Court's ruling from the roof of the Heritage Foundation, not some "insurance company," according to D.C. resident and progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. This is especially ironic, he noted, because (1) the idea for a mandate was hatched at the Heritage Foundation as an alternative to the Clinton health care proposal, Hillarycare; and (2) Mitt Romney's signature achievement as Massachusetts governor was the popular Romneycare, on which the conservative ACA is based, and which of course includes a mandate.

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