I retired my blog, Barackryphal, at the end of 2013 because I was burnt out on Birtherism. After five years, it’s simply become a rehashing of the same tropes, and there’s little new to address.
However, after WorldNetDaily all but gave up on its Birther interests in the fall of 2012, WND President Joseph Farah has recently raised its spectre again, and in doing so yet again demonstrated some abject dishonesty that I felt compelled to address. Others have called him out for his supposed hypocrisy over his reactions to Barack Obama and Ted Cruz.
But I’m not here to call him a hypocrite. I’m here to document that he’s a liar. To wit, in his column of April 23, 2011, Joseph Farah wrote:
“WND never reported that Obama had spent $2 million hiding his birth certificate.”
Whereas five months earlier, on December 9, 2010, Farah said:
“Obama has spent at least $2 million fighting efforts to release his birth certificate.”
Even though the governments in question have all denied it, even though Evo Morales is known for exaggeration, animosity to the U.S., and many lies, several media outlets have yet to retract the construction that he was detained due to rumors of Edward Snowden. Few have printed updates or retractions of the fictional story they printed last week without verifying facts.
Even this story continues the notion that he was denied permission to travel through some countries airspace, when that Morales claim has been denied by all of the countries in question.
Austrian officials did not search Bolivia’s presidential jet for fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Austria’s president said, seeking to defuse a diplomatic tussle over the incident.
One airport officer did board the aircraft on Tuesday to find out why it had landed in Vienna reporting technical problems, but “there was no formal inspection”, Austrian President Heinz Fischer told Kurier newspaper.
Fischer’s comments, published on Sunday, appeared aimed at untangling contradictory accounts of how Bolivian President Evo Morales was treated as he flew home from a conference in Moscow last week.
Bolivia protested after several European countries refused to allow the aircraft to pass through their airspace, amid speculation Morales was taking Snowden to Latin America.
Diplomatic tensions heightened after the plane landed in Vienna and Austrian officials initially said they got official permission to inspect the aircraft for Snowden, who is wanted for leaking details of U.S. surveillance programs. Bolivia insisted no such inspection took place.
Only days after “Friends of Hamas” went the way of ACORN and Shirley Sherrod (no correction, no retraction, and definitely no apology from Breitbart.com), Ben Shapiro was invited to appear on Megyn Kelly’s America Live on Fox “News” to discuss Bob Woodward’s comments on the sequester…as if he had some sort of gravitas:
A couple more appearances like this (I bet the next one will be on Sean Hannity’s “Great American Panel”) and the whole “Friends of Hamas” affair will be scrubbed from the memory of the American Right.
Kind of like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind if you think about it.
At the heart of this ‘confession’ from Lance Armstrong will be that he had to do a lot of bad things for the greater good, all the while getting richer and more famous himself and shamefully attacking anyone who dared suggest that he was anything less than an icon and living saint
To the end Lance Armstrong, desperate to remain relevant, somehow is allowed to control his own narrative. So after all the lies from Armstrong from across all the years, lies about himself and about all those who dared to tell the truth about him, there comes one last one:
That he still has something we want. To the end this guy thinks he can play the whole world for suckers.
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Unless Armstrong and his team of lawyers and crisis managers have him back out of his interview with Oprah Winfrey at the last moment (meaning they’re still worried about legal exposure), Armstrong will confess to Oprah that he used performance-enhancing drugs. It will be like someone going on Oprah’s network and announcing that he has new information, or breaking news, about the ocean being deep.
Really, the best part of this most recent narrative from Armstrong — originally leaked by him and his people as a way of testing the waters — was that he somehow has information about his own doping that the United States Anti-Doping Agency somehow needs. As if USADA needs more than the 1,000 pages on Armstrong that it already has.
No matter. Armstrong leaks it that he’s thinking of confessing. Then one of his lawyers says no, no, no, that’s not true. And it is just more drama that has helped fuel Armstrong, along with his own competitiveness and all the drugs he was taking to stay ahead of the field, even as he told us for a decade and a half that he was the only clean guy in the race.
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Published on Dec 11, 2012
Produced by Write On For Israel/San Francisco teen participants
As Bay Area high school students, we encounter people who hold many preconceived notions of Israel. Some of our teachers openly condemn Israel for being an apartheid state and engaging in other monstrosities; fellow students speak of Israelis as murderers; and many peers refuse even to acknowledge Israel’s legitimacy as a state.
Therefore, my WOFI team chose to make our documentary about Israel’s public image and about how it is being demonized by falsified media in “Pallywood,” a widespread effort to present the Palestinians as hapless victims of Israeli aggression. While filming, we met people who gave us a great deal of insight into the topic and opened our minds to the dangers.
Today, most people trust the media to always tell the truth, even when it lies. Anti-Israel forces use the international media as a powerful channel to spread disinformation. By exposing the lies of Pallywood we want to put a spotlight on their malicious efforts. Our goal is to reveal the damage that’s been done to Israel’s image by Pallywood and show Israel in a brighter light—because we feel that we must do our part to protect the only real democracy in the Middle East.
Hey, there, Taggart (or may I call you Tagg?):
I read that when President Obama observed that your father was less then truthful during the October 17 debate, you wanted to “take a swing at him.”
So here’s my invitation: after you read what follows, you are invited to come by and take a swing at me. (Warning: I will defend myself).
You see, Tagg, your father has based his whole campaign on falsehoods. I’m going to list just some of them - a complete list would take up too much of my time. (I’m indebted to Steve Benen and his weekly series Chronicling Matt’s Mendacity as well as Politifact for the list of untruths uttered by your dad.)
Romney: “President Obama has doubled the deficit.”
Romney: “We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office.”
Romney: “The president does not have a jobs plan.”
Romney: “The number of new business start-ups per year has dropped by 100,000 per year.”
Romney: “Coal production is not up.”
Romney: “Regulations have quadrupled. The rate of regulations quadrupled under this president.”
Romney: “The president’s policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour”
Romney: “It’s known as redistribution. It’s never been a characteristic of America.”
Romney: “Under Obama’s plan (for welfare), you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”
Romney: “He gave a speech the other day at his State of the Union address. He didn’t even mention the deficit or the debt,”
Romney: “We’re only inches away from no longer being a free economy.”
Romney: “(People say) ‘Obamacare represents a government takeover of health care, and I don’t like it.’ And I think they’re right.”
While it may be true that people said it, what they said, and which Mr. Romney agreed with, is not true.
Romney: “Right now, the (Congressional Budget Office) says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year.”
Romney: “Obamacare puts the federal government between you and your doctor.”
So you see, Tagg, it is an unfortunate fact that your father has adopted the strategy of trying to get to the White House by blatant misrepresentation of the facts. And it is another unfortunate fact that a large number of people are either buying his falsehoods, or just don’t care that they will be voting for the most dishonest politician to come down the pike for quite a while. I’m sure it pains you to hear this, but that’s life: sometimes truth hurts.
And about coming by to take a swing. Just give me some contact info (not necessarily your own personal info) in the comments to this posting, and we can set up a time and place.
Call me crazy….but if you’re going to accuse your opponent of going on an “Apology Tour,” shouldn’t you provide video of an actual apology taking place? Shouldn’t there be at least footage of an “apology” in the ad?
Instead we get this:
Saying Obama went on an “Apology Tour” does not make it so. This level of deception and dishonesty just turns my stomach. The only reason this guy has any chance at the Presidency is not because he is qualified — it is because a segment of the population hates Barack Obama with every fiber of their being. Irrational hatred could give us a President that will say anything, at any time, regardless of whether or not there is even an ounce of truth to it.
They’re at it again, folks. The wingnuts are indulging in major agitprop.
Their source? Another wingnut site called True The Vote which participates with enthusiasm in the circle jerk that comprises the wing nut blogosphere.
I must admit this is very clever of them. Three major wingnut triggers in a single piece of propaganda shows that these people may be insane and evil, but they are not stupid.
Mitt Romney’s troubles with his “binder full of women” comment isn’t over as Massachusetts women are challenging his version of how he got that binder and his record of hiring top women managers.
In answer to a question from a voter about pay discrepancies between men and women during Tuesday night’s debate, Romney recalled how when he became governor of Massachusetts he sought out top level women.
“I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are all men?” Romney said. “We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.”
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women,” Romney added.
He said his administration had the highest number of women in top positions of any governor in the country.