Why politicians get away with lies

  • Article by: Melinda Henneberger , Washington Post
  • Updated: March 23, 2012 - 7:45 PM

Newspapers hardly ever haul off and say a public figure lied, and I like that about us; if you feel you don't hear that word enough, please tell me where you live and what the housing market's like.

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pitythefoolsMar. 23, 12 7:30 PM

Why can politicians get away with lies? Simple. Faux News and the Great GOP Propaganda Machine.

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pathojennMar. 23, 12 7:48 PM

My favorite lies: The country was saved from a depression by Obama. The unemployment rate won't go over 8% if we pass the stimulus. The stimulus created jobs - later to become: The stimulus saved jobs. GM's loans were paid off (they still owe us 25 billion). Obama ended the Iraq war. ObamaCare will reduce insurance premiums. There are 50 million Americans without health insurance... this could go on all night!

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pathojennMar. 23, 12 7:48 PM

"Faux News" How original.

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marv62Mar. 23, 12 8:37 PM

The lies are not exclusive to one party. I am thoroghly convinced that lying just comes natural to politicians. It is not a GOP thing or a DFL thing, it is a I'll say whatever it takes to win thing. Politicians think honesty and integrity are models of automobiles. Most of this state and countries elected officials are pathetic.

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tomarMar. 23, 12 8:52 PM

pathojenn - You are absolutely correct... I am still going through Obama's speeches trying to find a line where he actually told the truth...

May never be able to find an example!!!!!

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unionsrockMar. 23, 12 8:58 PM

@marv62 - how true. People on the right complain about mainstream media and people on the left complain about Fox News. If you want the news without spin you actually have to search for it. A good start would actually be PBS, but that's also taboo for the right, so you can't win. Too many people believe just about anything they are told, even if it's completely untrue.

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dentesterMar. 23, 12 9:09 PM

When every other paragraph in this piece contains an outright lie, it's hard to take the writer's point seriously.

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kvarnoldMar. 23, 12 9:21 PM

pathojenn, how about "No News" or "Fantasy News" or...etc. The current crop of Publicant's were taken over a long time ago by the religious and wealthy elite. They are not grounded. They have no sense of reality. Right now they do nothing but taint the conversation with fantasy and innuendo. And, fact of the matter, they started it. We used to call them "reactionary" because of knee jerk rationales. They (you) got us McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan, GB I (he wasn't bad, I voted for him) and his negligent son. Now you want us to swallow that after the debacle of OBL and Iraq, we should allow you the lead of the country. One thing is consistent...you still got your gall...

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ronrefMar. 23, 1210:30 PM

Look at today's "news" programs. They typically have a bunch of human interest feel-good stories, and not much else. Politicians can pretty much say whatever they want, and no one will take the time to investigate whether or not they are telling the truth.

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pastafarianMar. 23, 1210:48 PM

Pathojenn, tomar, and dentester have a point. In a world where Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are considered to be arbiters of "the truth," if Republican lies are not protected speech, then there will be no protection for Democrats to tell the truth.

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