Bill Maher unloaded on the Republicans and their willingness to just brazenly lie and make sh*t up, facts and fact checkers be damned, during his New Rules segment this Friday evening.
MAHER: Yes, more than ever people today are living a fact free lifestyle, which is great news for the Republican candidates because when they are confronted on their lies now, they just say, “Oh, I see what you’re doing by fact checking me, I just don’t care, because my fans don’t care.”
A couple of years ago we did a piece here where I introduced the term zombie lies, which are Republican talking points that can not be killed despite being disproven time and time again. Things like voter fraud being rampant or tax cuts paying for themselves, or Lindsey Graham just hasn’t met the right girl.
But in a very short time, Republicans have gone from even the zombie lie to just making sh*t up. Ted Cruz says the federal government is going after school districts trying to force them to let boys shower with little girls. Carly Fiorina is one of the new breed of politicians who claim to see things that aren’t there. She said she watched a Planned Parenthood video of “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain. But that video doesn’t exist unless you subscribe to Nutflix.
And of course, Donald Trump said he saw thousands of Muslim-Americans cheering after the 9/11 attacks. It never happened. But Trump doesn’t deny it, he owns it. He doubles down. He’s like Pinocchio except when he tells a lie, his balls grow bigger.
Folks, this is new. That liars have stopped caring after they caught.
Sadly it's not just the Internet that's made things this easy for them. It's the hosts of these political talk shows who are more worried about access than making sure their viewers know when these politicians and pundits aren't telling them the truth.
Here's the lineup for this week's Bobblehead Shows:
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ABC's "This Week" - Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders; Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Pundit Panel: Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Matthew Dowd and Katrina vanden Heuvel.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sanders; Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
Pundit Panel: Tom Brokaw, David Brody, Jennifer Jacobs and Joy-Ann Reid.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Trump; Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
Pundit Panel: Major Garrett, Nancy Cordes, Ann Selzer, Kimberley Strassel, Ben Domenech, Ezra Klein and Ed O'Keefe.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Rubio, Cruz, Sanders.
"Fox News Sunday" - Trump, Cruz.
Pundit Panel: Brit Hume, Kathie Obradovich, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Anne Gearan.