Irrationality in Politics Has Reached Dangerous Levels in 2012

Posted on November 11, 2012

Here is a link to a great article from Media Matters which gives a pretty good idea how far from rationality the Republican party has moved. They are no longer a reality based party:

Romney Campaign Dismissed Fact-Checkers

Romney Surrogate: “We’re Not Going [To] Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers.” During an ABC News/Yahoo! News event at the Republican National Convention, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse suggested fact-checkers were biased and stated: “We’re not going [to] let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” From ABCNews.com:

O’Connor said she thought their ad “Right Choice” attacking Obama on welfare reform has been the most effective so far, despite its being given “Four Pinnochios” by a Washington Post fact check.

Newhouse brushed off the fact check as par for the course in political campaigns.

“People are always going to get Pinocchios for this stuff,” Newhouse said. “We stand behind those ads and behind the facts in those ads.”

Newhouse suggested the problem was with the fact-checkers, not the facts themselves: “Fact-checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs and you know what? We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” [ABCNews.com, 8/28/2012]

Conservative Media In Turn Attacked Fact-Checkers

Rush Limbaugh: “The Drive-By Media Was On A Mission To Try To Prove That Paul Ryan Had Lied.” On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh blasted the “bogus fact-checkers” who he said used “misleading data” to “prove that Paul Ryan had lied” in his speech at the Republican National Convention:

LIMBAUGH: Within five minutes, the drive-by media was on a mission to try to prove that Paul Ryan had lied. And they got their bogus fact-checkers up and in gear. And low and behold, they put out stories themselves filled with misleading data in order to make the point that Paul Ryan lied. “Obama didn’t shut down that factory.” And I — we’ve got the facts for you and in the next segment, I’ll run through them very quickly.

But the fact of the matter is the Democrats and their fact-checkers have it wrong. Ryan was right and even CNN’s fact-checkers grudgingly admit it, at the end of the day. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/30/12]… http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/08/31/in-lockstep-conservative-media-turn-to-attackin/189688

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