Rachel Maddow's segment on her Wednesday evening broadcast suggesting that Mitt Romney is a rather unique presidential candidate for his outright lying, and then unwillingness to retract them when shown, they are-- well lies, created a bit of a tempest in a tea-pot. Then Thursday, Karl Rove's WSJ piece provided a key example of how the upcoming campaign will be ran, since Rove's superpacs will provide a 1/4 of a billion dollars to the Romney campaign, you can be sure this will be the new tactic. And Greg Sargent's op-ed piece (behind the cut) is eloquent on this point. Lawrence O'Donnell explained to his viewers, "The political media have a problem. It's a problem the press has always had and has never solved. When should they call a lie a lie? When a candidate like Mitt Romney, who lies much more than most candidates, says something that is utterly false, the press will say, it's 'not accurate.' They might even use the word 'false.' They might use the word 'untrue,' but they will never, ever use the word 'lie.' And that is what lying politicians like Mitt Romney count on every time they try to get away with one of their ridiculous lies.... In the silly rules of politics and political coverage, the word 'lie' just can't seem to find its place."
I tend to agree with Ms. Maddow's read of the uniqueness of the Romney campaign so far. Sure there is spin, and twisting a story in such a way you can make it glow for your candidate, but some of the examples in the following clips, and then the unwillingness to make a correction is rather telling. Sure we all know politicians will say nearly anything to get elected, but given the unprecedented amount of money that's already been spent in the Republican primaries, the general election will be a roller-coaster ride. And is it just me, but is anyone else already sick of the election? It seems like it's been in progress for over a year already.
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