Chart: Proof That Republicans Lie

While neither side is perfect, according to an analysis of the data present on the non-partisan fact checking organization Politifact, nearly 40% of the claims made by conservative politicians are lies.

Perhaps more distressing is the willingness of some angry with the economy to believe these lies.  A poll last year of what was in health care reform found that a staggering 45% believed it contained death panels, 55% that it covers undocumented migrants, 54% government takeover, and 50% will pay for abortions.  The assertions have been thoroughly debunked, but the Republican lies have taken root none the less.

Stephen Colbert coined a term for this: Truthiness. Truthiness is a ‘truth’ that a person claims to know intuitively “from the gut” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. From birthers to deathers, from pseudoscience to Teabags, the conservative side of the political spectrum seems endemically reality-challenged, and ready to gobble up this narrative.

Another example of this is the extremely exaggerated figures claimed for Tea Party attendance by various conservative media sources, where the real data was inflated by a magnitude of 20 in most cases to give the false impression of more popular support for this astroturfing.

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5 Responses to Chart: Proof That Republicans Lie

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bilgeman
    November 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    O-cubed…

    Hey, sport-o, you;re not planning on doing anything self-destructive tomorrow night, are you?

    Thought I’d drop by and see how this hive-mind is getting along.

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      November 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

      Hehe, you will have to tell me Bilgeman, because we on the left are highly individualistic characters, while those on the right are psychologically proven to seek out a strong, central authority figure to tell them what to do. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200612/the-ideological-animal

      I think the Dems are going to lose the House, and the high courts are already safely in Republican hands, which leaves the Dems in charge of the Senate and Presidency, so the next 2 years will bring nothing but gridlock. A do-nothing Congress will be an understatement.

      Thanks for checking up on me though, I appreciate it.
      O-Cubed

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bilgeman
    November 3, 2010 at 7:53 am

    O-cubed:
    “Hehe, you will have to tell me Bilgeman, because we on the left are highly individualistic characters, while those on the right are psychologically proven to seek out a strong, central authority figure to tell them what to do”

    Hmmm, yes. I noticed that in how you all chant that “We are individuals!” on command in unison so well together.

    I DO enjoy your pop-psch mass diagnoses though…funny stuff, man!
    (And so many of your fellow cell-members are doing it. Highly individualistic, too, that!).

    “A do-nothing Congress will be an understatement.”

    SMILE when you say that, neighbor. That is, on balance, a Good Thing.

    But I don’t think that the joint will be quite a sleepy old “Rod n’ Gun Club” .

    There are all kinds of hearings and investigations to get to.

    Digging to the bottom of why Eric Holder’s DoJ refused to prosecute the New Black Panther Party’s Philadelphia voter intimidation case during the impeachment hearings against him oughta make for some good tee-vee.

    Not to mention seeing which DemocRat Senators will get elected to “walk the plank” by casting votes to block ObamaCare repeal.

    And heck. keeping a look out for signs of the non-person once known as Nancy Pelosi as she haunts the Hill will be a cherished parlor-game for those so inclined for at least the next two years,(maybe more if she’s too stoopid to know that her time to disappear from the national scene is overdue

    You DO realize that your “progressive” moonbat policies have just devastated the “Centrist” part of your party, right? Not too smart in a Center-Right nation.

    And now you console yourselves by mass diagnosing the electorate as crazy or just insulting them as being stupid?

    You are now the regional party that some had forecast was to be the GOP’s fate, confined to your East and West coast largely urban gerrymandered safe district “ghettoes”,

    BTW, did you see the GOP gains in the Governorships and the state legislatures? Redistricting is going to be even more painful for y’all.

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  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Protoguy
    November 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I’m sorry, but there is no discussion as long as you consider Palin a viable candidate.

    Or Bachman.
    Or Angle.
    Or Brewer.
    Or O’Donnell
    among others.

    All of whom have based their platforms on well established, yet still repeated lies. Any righteous high ground you supposedly own is lost when the message is lies.

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