June 04, 2005

Lying with Statistics

Howard Dean is an ineffectual fundraiser. That's the lie. The truth is that Howard Dean is a very successful fundraiser. That's the truth.

Business Week lies, then Brit Hume at Fox picks up the lie, and then John Gibson at Fox repeats the lie. Once the lie gets told this many times, other people pick it up, and the damage is done, and then it takes ten times the effort to undo the lie, but its effects are never really completely undone. I would argue with Media Matters that this is a "baseless claim."

There is a very positive net effect for the GOP corporatocracy to be gained from telling this lie. It is not a mistake, it is a conscious fabrication. Where I come from, it is known as a lie.


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