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Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation

| March 22, 2017

As the GOP tries to rewrite–or “repeal and replace–the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers in both parties are incorrectly citing statistics, making false claims and leaving out important context in letters to constituents.

President Fake

| January 27, 2017

We’ve been worried about fake news from all the wrong places. The most promiscuous peddler of fake news is the president himself, Donald J. Trump. That’s dangerous for media, for America and for democracy.

How Journalists Should Go Beyond Fact-Checking Trump’s Routine Lies and Conspiracy Theories

| December 6, 2016

The story is that the president-elect is more factually irresponsible than any political leader in the United States in memory. Chasing it will be just one challenge of the next four years.

Ransom Rubbish

| August 28, 2016

Oliver North would have you believe that the Obama Administration paid a $400 million ransom to Iran in exchange for three Americans. His history and compass are off. Here’s a little reminder.

Brian Williams and Baghdad Bob

| February 8, 2015

When Brian Williams lied about being shot in a helicopter, it was part of a broader pattern of bogus stories the American media were too happy to broadcast about the war in Iraq as it sped to George W. Bush’s Mission Accomplished moment on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

When Lies Are Elevated to a Campaign Strategy

| September 2, 2012

The lies of presidents could re-carve Rushmore by audacity alone, yet the lies of the Romney-Ryan campaign have taken the art of lying to new lows, but not without the complicity of voters, who, in the golden age of fact-checking, have no excuse to be misinformed.

Offshoring War: How Obama—and Those Moments of Silence—Insult Military Sacrifice

| November 13, 2010

When a president sends soldiers to die in a war that long ago ceased having a claim to being just or to being won, those Americans are no longer being sacrificed by their nation. They’re being murdered. The complicity is national.

Election Primer: Amendment 4, “Hometown Democracy” and Sprawling Misinformation

| October 25, 2010

Amendment 4, Florida’s so-called “Hometown Democracy” amendment, is an attempt to give voters a voice in major local development initiatives. It’s also rife in misinformation.

In School Board Race, a Clash of Clarity And Fact Between Fischer and Sword

| October 20, 2010

John Fischer makes wild, often incoherent claims and exaggerations, betting, correctly, that his audiences won’t verify what he says. Sword is about clarity and rational analysis.

Neo-Supremacy Chic: Glenn Beck
And Sarah Palin’s Tea-Scalding of MLK

| August 28, 2010

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin’s biggest “tea party” rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s most famous speech signals the arrival of a neo-supremacist political movement in god’s clothing.

Socialism, Capitalism, and Other Fallen Stock

| May 9, 2010

We can rail about socialism’s evil and worship capitalism all we like. It won’t get us out of the hole we spent the last 30 years digging. History and Adam Smith are better guides.

McCain Claims He’s No Maverick

| April 7, 2010

John McCain is repudiating the branding he brandished for years on every campaign trail he doddered through.

Rubio’s Health Care “Model” Isn’t Functioning

| January 29, 2010

Marco Rubio says the nation should adopt his Florida Health Choices, claiming its market approach is “happening right now.” He’s wrong. Florida Health Choices has yet to insure anyone.

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