he is upset that so many in the mainsteam media actually had a problem with some of Paul Ryan's fact-twisting. In Smith World, in case you didn't notice, this is actually "an unusually honest election on both sides." After noting some worthless claims about Lyin' Ryan he observes: "a casual read could mistake this for evidence about Ryan's character. It is, in fact, something approaching the opposite: This is how a bogus political narrative gets built."
More: "The Democrats are hoping to do to Paul Ryan what Republicans so successfully did to Al Gore: To conflate stray real personal exaggerations; rhetorical simplifications; and actual policy differences into an unfair character attack." Actually, "Ryan comments are self-serving in a way that I have never heard a politician avoid."
Those Romney ads about Obama "gutting" welfare? At worse they don't appeal to our "better angels." The entire GOP convention based on the completely bogus "build that" meme: It "may have caricatured the president, " Smith admits, adding immediately, "a bit."
But thank god we have Smith buzzing around to tip us off to the "new pseudo-science of fact-checks."
The real tip about how even Smith must realize he has gone completely off the rails: He feels the need to hastily interject that he does not believe that "facts don't matter" and does not feel that all fact-checkers are "DNC shills." Now, why would he think he gave anyone that impression?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Lying? It's Just a 'Bogus Political Narrative,' So Get Over It
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