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Romney Excels At Lying In All His Ads, Not Just The Jeep Ad!

In light of the “Jeep lie” that Governor Romney has been using to scare workers in Ohio, I thought I’d take a look at the many other ads Romney has run that were also blatant lies.

Turns out, it’s all of them.

It’s quite a collection that Romney has accumulated over his time in the national spotlight. The 2012 presidential election will provide a lot of material for those of us who study the media and criticize it.

When the ad wars began, it was clear that the truth wasn’t going to play a major role in Mitt Romney’s advertising campaign. In his very first ad, Mitt Romney channeled Andrew Breitbart and just plucked a sentence out of a speech by President Obama and told a massive lie with it. Let the games begin…

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has displayed a special level of shamelessness in its ads and attacks since its very first one, when it ran a clip of Barack Obama saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose”—a clip from 2008 when Obama was quoting an aide to then GOP nominee Sen. John McCain.

Here is the dishonest ad that became a pillar of the Republican convention in Tampa, the one where they plucked “you didn’t build that” out of a longer statement having to do with infrastructure like roads and bridges, which all American businesses use.

The Romney campaign has released an astonishingly deceptive new ad, containing a blatant, flat-out lie. The new ad actually edits together snippets of words and sentences to make it sound as if President Obama said something he did not say, and then attacks him for saying it.

Here is another example of Romney trying to twist a positive into a negative when the Obama campaign went to court to restore early voting for all of the people of Ohio after the Republican legislature passed laws restricting early voting for all but military personnel. The Republicans didn’t like how the African American churches loaded up their parishioners on buses and headed to the polls on the final Sunday before the election. So what the hell, they passed a law stopping it…because they could.

Mitt Romney wrongly suggests the Obama campaign is trying to “undermine” the voting rights of military members through a lawsuit filed in Ohio. The suit seeks to block state legislation that limited early voting times for nonmilitary members; it doesn’t seek to impose restrictions on service members.

The welfare lie was one of the big whoppers that the Romney campaign told and it received a lot of push back from the media, but that didn’t stop the Romney campaign from continuing to run it. This lie is something that 15 or 20 years ago would have made the media camp out in front of his mansion until he retracted it. But today, eh, just another day, nothing to see here.

Mitt Romney released a new ad today about welfare reform. It’s a stone-cold lie.

The ad’s narrator says: “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”

That’s a wild fabrication. As my colleague Isaiah J. Poole and I have both detailed, Obama’s HHS department merely heeded the concerns from a bipartisan group of governors and established a waiver program so states could experiment with different ways to help welfare recipients transition to work.

Another of the big lies being sold to the American people is the $716 billion lie. Romney and Ryan have told it in many different ways, but basically are trying to scare seniors into thinking that “Obamacare” cut $716 billion in benefits, which is not true at all.

In reality, the $716 billion is not a “cut” in benefits but rather the savings in costs that the Congressional Budget Office projects over the next decade from wholly reasonable provisions in the reform law.

One big chunk of money will be saved by reducing unjustifiably high subsidies to private Medicare Advantage plans that enroll many beneficiaries at a higher average cost than traditional Medicare. Another will come from reducing the annual increases in federal reimbursements to health care providers — like hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies — to force the notoriously inefficient system to find ways to improve productivity. [...]

What the Republicans fail to say is that the budget resolutions crafted by Paul Ryan and approved by the Republican-controlled House retained virtually the same cut in Medicare.

Who can forget about the Solyndra lie where Romney tried to imply that the Obama administration steered contracts to friends and family.

So last Thursday Romney held a surprise press conference at Solyndra’s shuttered headquarters. During his prepared statement, Romney said:

“An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the Administration had steered money to friends and family and campaign contributors.”

Romney then repeated the claim later in the press conference.

Small problem: No inspector general ever “concluded” such a thing, at least not based on any written reports or public statements.

When you consider the above and the great work that Steve Benen has been doing at “Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity” at the Maddowblog, it all adds up to the most brazenly dishonest campaign that has ever been known. Historians will be busy for quite a while parsing the piles and piles of lies left behind by Romney and his cynical, manipulative, soulless campaign team.

I began this post yesterday and after just visiting the Maddowblog to see what Mr. Benen was writing today, I noticed he has a similar post up where he looks at just the ads Romney has run since the 3rd debate. I’m pasting a bit of it below, but go read the whole thing.

I went through the Romney campaign’s website and YouTube channel, and found that Team Romney has unveiled six English-language television ads since the third and final debate with President Obama last week, an average of nearly one per day.

1. The day after the debate, Romney unveiled this spot, accusing the president of having gone on an “apology tour.” The ad was based on a lie.

2. Romney then unveiled a minute-long spot, boasting about his plan to create “12 million new jobs.” The promise has been exposed as completely fraudulent.

3. The next Romney ad accused Obama of shrinking the military to the point that our Navy is now the smallest since 1917. The claim has been exposed as ridiculous.

4. This week, Romney unveiled an ad suggesting Chrysler is moving Jeep jobs to China. It’s an absurd lie.

5. Romney then launched a Pennsylvania-only ad, boasting about how much he loves coal. Romney is also on record saying he believes coal plants kill people.

6. Romney’s latest spot says Obama “gutted the work requirement for welfare.” That’s a lie.

I’m not cherry picking the offensive ads built around falsehoods; I’m merely listing all of the ads Romney has unveiled since the third debate.

This isn’t normal. It’s also not healthy for our democracy. Mitt Romney — who keeps telling reporters about how great his “momentum” is — has reached some kind of Peak Lying moment in which he spews falsehoods at an almost uncontrollable pace.

This segment below by Rachel Maddow, Steve Benen’s boss, gets to the heart of what has been going on in this election. Watch it, share it and let’s all hope that the 2012 election is an anomaly.

Cross posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

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October 31, 2012 - Posted by | 2012 Election, Election, Media, Mitt Romney, MSM, Politics, President Barack Obama | , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I have been voting for over 50 years and NEVER have I seen such a BIG LIAR on the national stage as MItt Romney….not even Tricky Dick Nixon! I guess when one is trying to turn the White House WHITE again, such mendacity doesn’t count for much.

    Comment by grantinhouston | October 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. Yeah, the amazing thing is how completely unabashed he is about his lies. At his Ohio “disaster relief” event, people were told to hand canned goods from a previously prepared stack to him, and he still looked them in the eye with a sincere sounding “thank you”. The guy is a complete fraud.

    Comment by eurobrat | October 31, 2012 | Reply

  3. Rush Limbaugh and his racist GOP ilk are all steaming about Gov. Christie saying good things about President Obama’s response. Rush even insinuates that Christie and Obama have a man-love thing going!

    Read recently that since President Obama was elected, there have been over 60 books from both large and small publishers and several “documentary” videos that do nothing but trash this president, mostly all BIG LIES. The GOP doesn’t trust Romney but he is also the WHITE man in the race so Mitt could stab babies on live TV and they would still support him.

    Comment by grantinhouston | November 1, 2012 | Reply

    • The extreme righties at WND and other such cesspools have been trying to spin rumors about Obama being “secretly gay” for a while now. Since, you know, that would just be horrifying!

      Comment by eurobrat | November 1, 2012 | Reply

  4. The economy has improved every month during most of President Obama’s years in office, a steady drop in unemployment, and positive GDP growth. Consumer confidence is improving with improved new housing starts (the best since July of 2008 just prior to Bush’s crashing economy). Car sales at the BIg Three U.S. auto makers just keep topping previous quarters. Ford just reported its BEST sales in 12 years for North America.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019556875_apusearnsford.html

    Fiat-Chrysler has had good sales in North American, Latin America, and Asia. Like Ford in Europe, Fiat sales there have fallen off there too, but net profit for the last quarter was up 16% to $50.6 MILLION helped along by Chrysler sales here UP 80% last quarter:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-chryslergroupllc-results-idUSBRE89T0HL20121030

    Think what our economy might look like if not for nearly 100% Republican immoral obstructionism hoping Obama would fail big time.

    Comment by grantinhouston | November 1, 2012 | Reply


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