Friday, September 28, 2012

Truly the archetypical journalism story of our times

Michele Bachmann is hardly the only politician who stretches the truth, or even outright lies, but even among them she is among the most voluminous liars in recent history.  An author of bullshit in Asimovian proportions.

Let this sum it up for you:
Jim Drinkard, an Associated Press (AP) editor who oversees the wire service’s fact-checking work, said, “We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates.”

After the session, Drinkard said that there wasn’t an actual numerical quota on Bachmann at the AP. It’s just that if the AP had gone back and vetted all her claims that looked dicey, the result would “overload” the debate story.
Truly a great achievement in both politics and journalism.

Hard to believe the Party that has perfected denying evolution, global warming, and scientific polling has taken fabrication to a delusional level.

Bachmann, by the way, is actually in an actual of battle for her seat this year against Democrat Jim Graves who to my knowledge lies no more than an average politician, perhaps even slightly less, feel free to donate in the name of far less crazy and a normal level of fabrication.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

An author of bullshit in Asimovian proportions.

Unsportsmanlike conduct, 15 yards from the point of the foul, and loss of down.

DrDick said...

It is the GOP's new defensive strategy. Overload the fact checkers with so much bullshit that they shut down and your core BS goes unchallenged.

Anonymous said...

In other words, Bachmann benefits from...what's the expression?

Oh, right: the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Would any Democratic candidate receive similar treatment? I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, isn't it, that Our Media Elite believe that habitually telling enormous lies is NOT a story Americans would actually like to know.

pansypoo said...

may here congressional career be in a GRAVE.

Anonymous said...

You might have said "fiction" of Asimovian proportions. Asimov was not bullshit - he was a good guy.