The Lie That Never Dies

arrgh

Gloria Borger, in a CNN panel this morning about how Democrats should work with President Trump, once again stated as fact that Mitch McConnell vowed to make President Barack Obama a “one term President” from “day one.”

There are a few persistent lies that I have vowed to flag every time I read or hear them. One is that “women earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns for equivalent jobs.” This is another. Borger’s myth has been trotted out again and again to prove that Republicans set out to sabotage Obama’s administration, and never gave him a chance. It is absolutely false.

I am no fan of Mitch McConnell, who is just a GOP version of  the horrible Harry Reid, and approximately as unethical. But McConnell’s comment was not made on “day one,” but on October 23, 2010. as he tried to rally Republican voters to give the party more power in Congress, which it did. Moreover, he did not vow obstructionism, but opened the door to bipartisanship if the President would compromise. Here is the quote and its context. Remember that Republicans had been rolled-over in the contentious Affordable Care Act passing.

McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

National Journal: What’s the job?

McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

National Journal: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?

McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.

National Journal: What are the big issues?

McConnell: It is possible the president’s advisers will tell him he has to do something to get right with the public on his levels of spending and [on] lowering the national debt. If he were to heed that advice, he would, I imagine, find more support among our conference than he would among some in the Senate in his own party. I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change. So, we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.

“I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change.” Somehow that part always gets left out, as well as the fact that McConnell had two years of Obama before he made this statement. If he had decided that Obama needed to be defeated after two years, that is a long way from not giving him a chance. Yet this lie, and it is a lie, gets repeated again and again, by Democrats, by partisans, and on blogs. It should never, however, be repeated by journalists, who should be aware of the facts, and not misrepresent them, spreading and embedding misinformation in the process. But so many of them are biased, you see. They want this story to be true, and so to them it is.

The news media is dissipating its power as well as its credibility and trustworthiness with incompetent stunts like Borger’s.  Doing this so soon after last night’s thunderclap makes one wonder if they are capable of learning.

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24 responses to “The Lie That Never Dies

  1. Other Bill

    Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was visibly upset on election night while talking to her viewers.

    At one point she interrupted her election coverage to say: ‘You’re awake by the way. You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream.

    ‘Also, you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell.’

    • I’m going to post on that.

      • Other Bill

        Great. I figured she’d win the prize for most arrogant, snotty vitriol.

        • Phlinn

          Huh, didn’t figure you for an optimist. I’m only half kidding unfortunately.

          • Phlinn

            To clarify, the half kidding part is only because I suspect we’ll see worse vitriol if it hasn’t already appeared. I had no reason to assume optimism or pessimism on your part, and I hope the comment didn’t bother you.

            • Other Bill

              Not at all P. I got your humor. There’s at least four more years’ time for them to be incredibly vicious.

              • joed68

                Has the rioting started yet? Not that I really care…

                • The losing party is not showing its noble side in defeat. If indeed it has a noble side. How ironic that that the party that (properly) chastised Trump for trying to question Obama’s legitimacy immediately undermines Trump’s legitimacy by saying that he was elected by xenophobes, misogynists and racists, and that he wants to undo all civil rights advances.

                  The technical term for this is “assholery.”

                • joed68 said, “Has the rioting started yet?”

                  You’ve got to give them time to dry their eyes, they can’t see through the tears to pick up their Trump is Hitler signs.

                • Other Bill

                  The Daily Mail is reporting all kinds of violent demonstrations/riots by anti-Trump people. Not sure why it doesn’t seem to be showing up in US media. Maybe it is and I haven’t seen it.

                  My favorite incident was listening to NPR yesterday at 3pm East Coast time (noon out here). They were still running a story that said the Dow futures were down 700 points (overnight, obviously). That story ended and the live announcer closed out the segment by saying “The Dow is up 1.5 percent.” Not as a corrective but just because they give that data at the end of the segment. Really funny.

    • In other news: Worldwide prices in salt have plummeted dramatically as new sources are discovered all over America.

  2. Other Bill

    The above from a Daily Mail article.

  3. That blog nails another inconvenient truth that the political left will not acknowledge because it doesn’t fit their smear. It’s deplorable.

    The political left now has a choice to obstruct or collaborate with the political right. If they adhere to the principals that they themselves were preaching throughout the Obama administration then they must collaborate with the political right. It’s time for the political left to actively take an ethical stand and dump their double standards or be seen as unethical political hypocrites.

    The political right now has an obligation to begin to collaborate with the political left. If they adhere to the principals that they themselves have been preaching throughout the Obama administration then they must collaborate with the political left. It’s time for the political right to actively take an ethical stand and dump their double standards or be seen as unethical political hypocrites.

    Elections have consequences; this it the change I want to see in the next calendar year and I want it to be very obvious that it’s happening.

    • Other Bill

      Or as President Obama was so fond of saying in his State of the Union speech: “I won.” Z Man. Don’t hold your breath, the idiotic progressive left will turn harder left. Suicidal, but it will happen. Unfortunately.

  4. Jack said, They want this story to be true, and so to them it is.”

    Yup.

    That’s also similar to Liberal Magical Thinking.

  5. dragin_dragon

    I would point out that the ‘Big Lie’, which has been around since early Egyptian times, is a favorite tool of the far left. Please note the ‘global warming…now climate change’ fib.

    • That’s not a Big Lie, though. A Big Lie is a false accusation that puts a targeted victim in a position where he or it (with an organization) must either ignore the lie, allowing it to appear true, or try to rebut it, giving it power, publicity and legitimacy. “Republicans on the Supreme Court stole the Presidency from Al Gore” is a Big Lie. “Homosexuals want to corrupt our youth” is a Big Lie. “Climate change” is the politicizing of actual scientific data and models that have more than one legitimate interpretation, but it’s not a lie. Opinions based on supporting facts are not lies.

      • dragin_dragon

        Okay, I’ll buy that and stand corrected. However, the ‘hockey stick’ chart that changed it’s scale halfway comes dangerously close to “faking the data”.

  6. Dwayne N. Zechman

    Methinks too many people confuse McConnell’s “…one-term President” quote with Rush Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails.” quote.

    That too, was (deliberately?) misconstrued. Rush went on to say that he hoped Obama failed to implement the policies that he campaigned on, because Rush opposed them and believed that they would be harmful to the country.

    But at least the Rush quote is accurate and did happen, IIRC, between the time Obama was elected and when he took office.

    –Dwayne

  7. My Facebook feed is lined with nonsense.

    One person posted the images of a vandalized locker door threatening a black kid.

    Because punk white trash kids never did anything like that during Obama’s administration…

    (If it was even a punk white trash kid who did it).

    I’m willing to bet that same person won’t decry neighborhoods being burned down, which looks pretty much like a solid possibility pretty soon… coming from the very people who insisted Trump supporters have no class and don’t respect the system.

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