Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Brian Beutler wonders if the political press has reached a breaking point with Romney. He's lying about Welfare. He's lying about his own Medicare plan. He's lying about "you didn't build that. He's playing the race card.
As I've said, we've finally found a "post-truth" campaign. Not one that skirts or massages the truth, but one that actively decided: "Screw it! The truth is irrelevant."
I wish I could say I was confident that ANY major network anchor will look into the TV lens and say, "Mitt Romney is lying to the American people."
We have only skimmed the surface of ugly here...
UPDATE: Chait gives a taste of the hand-wringing going on here.
I saw on Yahoo (America's basement) that Republicans are now saying that the people who threw peanuts at an African American camerawoman and said, "This is how we feed the animals." were - of course - Democratic plants.
The Republican party has disappeared into it's own navel. They are literally incapable of seeing objective fact anymore.
UPDATE 2: Fallows talks about it, too. This will be interesting to see how "our failed media experiment" handles the Dadaist Romney Campaign.
UPDATE 3: Holy crap! Paul Ryan says that Obama didn't support Bowles-Simpson, but Ryan voted against it - WHILE HE WAS ON THE PANEL. He says that Obama "cut" money from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, when in fact it was savings so well planned that Ryan included them in HIS BUDGET. Oh, and he blames the debt downgrade on Obama because... LOOK! FLYING MONKEYS! This is serious abuse of the concept of objective truth.
I'm feeling stabby and we haven't even gotten to Little Lord Mittens yet.