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


Making Room in Hell for Republicans!

Word on the street is that Satan has had to make a big capital investment in Hell to make room for all the Republicans who are heading straight there. Bechtel and Haliburton both have competitive bids in on the project. It’s the largest expansion of Hell since the Joe McCarthy period.  Satan is salivating at all the new business coming out of the Republican Party and the Tea Party. It’s mostly the lies that are bringing in the new biz. And these aren’t little white lies, these are big whopping lies….the kind that land you in the eternal fires of hell. The kind that are the exact opposite of the truth, not just an exaggeration or a slant, oh no, these are manufactured lies courtesy of Frankie Luntz.

Frank has been working for Satan, he’s their best recruiter down there. They have monuments to him at the gates, right near the Fox News Theatre where they run Glenn Beck on a loop. On the way in, Rush hands out Oxycontin to the new arrivals, pointing them towards the Excellence In Bullshit (EIB) building, which is where they hold the worship services now hosted by Jerry Falwell, the new pastor.