February 16, 2014

Cats Don't Dance (1997) Natalie Cole singing "Tell Me Lies"

A report came out last year by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University which confirmed what I've been saying for years in this post: Republicans lie. Regularly.

The study examined how Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check site PolitiFact.com rated 100 statements involving factual claims from the first four months of President Obama’s second term — 46 of the claims were made by Democrats, and 54 were made by Republicans.

CMPA found that PolitiFact rated 32 percent of the Republican claims as “false” or “pants on fire,” compared to just 11 percent of the Democratic claims. Along the same lines, PolitiFact rated just 11 percent of the Republican statements as “entirely true,” compared to 22 percent of the Democratic statements.

Just 18 percent of the Republican claims were rated as “mostly” or entirely true, compared to 54 percent of the Democratic claims. Conversely, 52 percent of the Republican statements were rated as mostly or entirely false, while just 24 percent of Democratic statements received the same designation.

Sadly, we know what kind of pretzels PolitiFact had to twist themselves into just to get the semblance of "both sides do it" of Democratic lies. I've seen them call out a Democrat for slip of the tongue when a Republican right next to them just blatantly, bald-face lies without mention. Worse, there's absolutely no consequence for that lying. Republicans can make a "Pants on Fire" lie and be on the Sunday shows the very next week. I look at today's line up and I see a whole lotta liars we've seen over and over again. So I'm going to ask you again to sign my friend Karoli's very smart petition to demand some diversity in the Sunday show lineups--not only gender, race and socio-economic status...it's about time we get some diversity in honesty and integrity than we usually get too.

ABC's "This Week" - Extreme weather panel: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Climate Central chief climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen, ABC News Senior Meteorologist Ginger Zee, and ABC News Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. Michael Sam panel: former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Sports Illustrated senior writer Pete Thamel, and Outsports.com co-founder Cyd Zeigler. Actor Kevin Spacey. Powerhouse panel: ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Fusion’s “AM Tonight” host Alicia Menendez, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and editor and publisher of The Nation and WashingtonPost.com columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Mitt Romney; Climate change debate: scientist and educator Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Political roundtable: NBC News' Chuck Todd, Republican Strategist and former White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace, Associated Press Chief White House Correspondent Julie Pace, and Democratic Strategist and former Senior Adviser to President Obama David Axelrod. Former American Figure Skater Brian Boitano and Bravo's Host of "Watch What Happens Live" Andy Cohen

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation; Gov. Pat McCrory, R-N.C. Marshall Shepherd, the former president of the American Meteorological Society. Michael Sam panel: Sam’s spokesman Howard Bragman, Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com, Jarrett Bell, NFL Columnist for USA Today Sports, and Donté Stallworth, an NFL wide receiver. Political Panel: Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, Bob Woodward and Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, David Sanger of The New York Times, and John Harris of Politico

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - Brian Thompson, NBC4; Wade Davis, Executive Director, You Can Play; Brian Murphy, Assistant Professor, Baruch College; Basil Smikle, democratic strategist; John Wisniewski, New Jersey Assemblyman; Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey Assemblyman; Heather Haddon, reporter; Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Krystal Ball, Co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle”; Jamelle Bouie, The Daily Beast; Selena Roberts, Founder and CEO, Roopstigo Mobile Sports Network; Joe Barkett, sports agent; Fmr. Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT).

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - (Joy Reid guest host) Mychal Denzel Smith, TheNation.com; Wade Davis, Former NFL Player / Executive Director of the You Can Play Project; Katon Dawson, National Republican Consultant / Former South Carolina GOP Chair; Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor at UConn; Rinku Sen, President and Publisher of Race Forward / Colorlines.com; Pedro Noguera, Professor of Sociology at NYU / Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education; Dave Zirin, The Nation magazine; Dorie Clark, Author of “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future” / Former Spokeswoman for Howard Dean; John Phillips, Attorney for the Jordan Davis Family.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" - Perry Bacon, TheGrio.com; Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast; Fmr. Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT); Faith Jenkins, attorney; Celinda Lake, democratic pollster; Elahe Izadi, National Journal; Goldie Feldt, Author of "No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power"

CNN's "State of the Union" - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Businessman Steve Forbes and Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Political roundtable: CNN Political Commentator Kevin Madden, The Root’s Corey Dade, and democratic pollster Margie Omero.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - China experts Elizabeth Economy and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution.

"Fox News Sunday" - Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, and former White House Senior Advisor and GOP mastermind Karl Rove. Sen Mike Lee (R-UT), a member of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Power Panel: George Will, Kirsten Powers, Kimberley Strassel, Charles Lane, Editorial Writer for The Washington Post.

I also want to offer my congratulations and blessings to new mommy Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband on the birth of their daughter. No sweeter Valentine's Day gift imaginable.

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