Friday, March 30, 2012

Republicans lie about everything

It's official. There is nothing Republicans won't lie about. The RNC has apparently graduated from the Andrew Breitbart Memorial School of Pseudo-Journalism and came up with this misleading, doctored anti-Obamacare ad.
Recordings of the court proceedings reviewed by Bloomberg News reveal that the audio has been edited. While Verrilli paused once to drink water during the opening moments of his presentation, he stopped talking for only a few seconds before continuing with his argument. In the RNC ad, he pauses for about 20 seconds, coughs, sips water and stutters.

In the RNC’s transcript of its ad, it quotes Verrilli as follows: “For more than 80 percent of Americans, the ah insurance system does provide effective access [pause]. Excuse me. Ah [cough] it ah be-be because the ah the ah the [pause]. Excuse me.”

In the actual proceedings, Verrilli finished his thought. “For more than 80 percent of Americans, the, ah, insurance system does provide effective access,” Verrilli says, pausing briefly and saying, “Excuse me. But for more than 40 million who do not have access to health insurance, either through their employer or through government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, the system does not work.”
I'm so old I remember when people treated the Justice system, and especially SCOTUS, with respect for the solemn nature of the proceedings. Of course, since then, about half the bench at SCOTUS doesn't treat their responsibilty as the final jurists of the land with much respect either, so I suppose we shouldn't expect any better from the foot soldiers in the culture war.

[More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

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