While the media has never been perfect, it’s become an absolute joke these last few years. But what should we expect? We’ve allowed our news to become dictated by corporations. Now it’s ad revenue that drives the news, not actual quality reporting.
Over the weekend as I watched several different news channels, it infuriated me how often I saw Republicans perpetuating some kind of lie while the host or interviewer didn’t once try to correct them. And I wasn’t even watching Fox News where this kind of behavior should be expected.
So here are five claims or stories I’ve seen recently where Republicans have blatantly lied, yet hardly anyone in the mainstream media has called them out for doing so.
The IRS Investigation
Time and time again I see Republicans perpetuate this idea that this entire “scandal” revolves around conservative groups being unfairly targeted by the IRS.
You know how many times I’ve seen him sit there blaming President Obama for pulling our troops out of Iraq in 2011? Yet I’ve rarely seen anyone in the media play his clip from 2009 where he stated that the plan to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq was a sign that the war was successful.
The plan George W. Bush signed with the Iraqi government – not President Obama.
Domestic Drilling for Oil
“Drill baby drill!” – quite possibly the dumbest phrase ever uttered by any individual in a discussion about the price of oil. Why is it when oil prices are mentioned, or domestic drilling is brought up, Republicans get away with perpetuating this idea that the oil we drill domestically is kept here for us to use?
Some is, yes. But the majority of it is taken and sold on the global market to the highest bidder. We can drill domestically all we want, but as long as it’s allowed to be sold and manipulated by Wall Street speculation, we’re not going to see some kind of drop in the price of gasoline.
And the last time I checked, Republicans weren’t lobbying to socialize our oil production.
Republicans Claiming They’re “Representing the American People”
This one really ticks me off. Democrats control the Senate and the White House. That’s two-thirds of our legislative government. And when it comes to the House of Representatives, Democrats won the popular vote nationally in 2012 by 1.5 million votes. If it wasn’t for gerrymandering, Democrats would control all three branches of government.
Yet, whenever I see Republicans going on and on about how they’re “listening to the voice of Americans,” I never see anyone in the media mention that Republicans lost the popular vote in the House or that Democrats control the other two-thirds of our legislative government.
How can Republicans be “representing the voice of the American people,” when (via our process of elections) Americans chose Democrats to control the Senate and White House? Then, even the one branch Republicans do control, they lost the overall popular vote by 1.5 million votes?
Americans also overwhelmingly support immigration reform, universal background checks on guns and raising the minimum wage. All issues Republicans oppose, and haven’t shown any interest in compromising on over the past several years. But yet they’re representing the “voice of the American people”? Give me a break.
Republicans love to claim that President Obama is the one responsible for the gridlock in Congress because he refuses to compromise.
Interesting, considering we’d have immigration reform right now if the Republican controlled House hadn’t killed the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed last year. And who was it that refused to allow a vote last September on a bill the Senate passed that would have prevented our government from shutting down? Oh, that’s right, that would once again be the Republican controlled House.
It’s also amazing how the debt ceiling was never a political issue while Bush was president. Though once President Obama was elected, then Republicans suddenly starting trying to use it as political blackmail to sabotage his presidency.
We’ve seen the least productive Congress in United States history. And time and time again it’s because Republicans in the House of Representatives simply refuse to back anything that the president supports.
It’s the job of Congress to pass bills that they believe the president will sign. It’s not up to the president to allow Congress to blackmail him to get what they want. That’s not how it works.
But I rarely ever see anyone in the mainstream media call out their obstruction. They’ll let Republicans peddle their propaganda about how everything is the fault of the president, without once pointing out the several bipartisan Senate bills the House has killed or the record number of filibusters Senate Republicans have used.
While there are plenty more, I’ll wrap it up there. These are just five of the more prevalent lies I continually see Republicans peddling, while hardly anyone in the media has the courage to call them out on their blatant misinformation.
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