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The Birth Of A Republican Lie/Smear – Rep. Ed Markey Edition

GOPlieThe Republican party has no shame. They lie, cheat and steal their way into office. They embody such good Christian values…cough, choke, spit.

I often fantasize about a movie in the style of “Oh God”, where George Burns (God) confronts people like Michelle Bachman and Louie Gohmert or a long list of Republicans who blatantly tell falsehoods, repeatedly and even after being called out on it. If there is a hell, I imagine there will be an especially hot place reserved for these people.

It’s not often that we get to see the birth of one of these lies, placenta and all. From Steve Benen…

The National Republican Senate Committee accused Markey yesterday of claiming he “invented the satellite dish, low-cost mobile phone calls, and the ability for cable companies to provide long distance service.” The NRSC added, “Perhaps Markey can use the technology he invented to call, tweet, or message his friend Al Gore, inventor of the internet.”

Conservative humor is just so droll, isn’t it?

The problem, of course, is that the National Republican Senate Committee is lying. For one thing, Al Gore never claimed to be the inventor of the Internet. It just never happened — Republicans distorted a Gore comment, the media uncritically ran with it, and a ridiculous smear quickly entered the public consciousness.

For another, Markey didn’t say he “invented the satellite dish.” Matt Yglesias sets the record straight.

What Rep. Ed Markey helped to do in the 1992 Cable Act was to force the cable companies to license content to satellite companies in order to compete with the vertically integrated cable systems that were beginning their takeover of television markets. Competition being a good thing, right?

I guess it’s hard to blame them for attempting it, since the “Al Gore invented the internet” lie worked so well for them in 2000. And with the superficial media, who I’m beginning to think are illiterate, gladly helped to perpetuate that lie.

The sad thing is, the media is much worse than it was in 2000. Let’s see how they handle this one.

Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

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March 29, 2013 - Posted by | Media, Politics, Republican Party | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I would find it difficult to defend a lie told by anyone. However, to try to claim it’s just one side of the political aisle that is fond of lying is in itself a lie. Politicians on both sides of the aisle lie and they have been lying for years.

    Two famous lies, “I am not a crook.” and “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” jumped right out when I tried to think of famous lies told by people on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

    When I thought about lies regarding Iraq it wasn’t just Donald Rumsfeld who lied because who can forget the little fib Hillary Clinton told after returning home from that nation. Again, two people who are political opposites.

    John McCain and John Edwards, one with a big R behind his name and the other a big D, have both been caught lying.

    And not to point more to one side than the other who will ever forget the infamous “Read my lips, No new taxes.” lie.

    Both sides lie. Both sides have scumbag, dirty rotten, criminal members. To call out just one side for lying is only telling half the story.

    Comment by Andy | March 29, 2013 | Reply

    • Yeah except contrast those two “lies” by Presidents. Are they of equal “crimes”? To equate the two is false equivalence.

      Comment by Grung_e_Gene | March 29, 2013 | Reply


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