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.