Shameful and Pathetic: Koch’s Americans For Prosperity Press Release Attacks Wrong Politician

David KochHow low can the almighty Koch brothers and Americans For Prosperity possibly sink in their attempts to brainwash voters? How about completely rewriting political history?

That’s exactly what they tried to do in a Florida press release this week where they attacked Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, calling him a flip-flopper for voting for Obamacare in 2010 and then voting to delay the Obamacare mandates this year. The press release said in part:

“Rep. Murphy voted for the law back in 2010, yet he reversed himself and voted to delay both the employer mandate (in keeping with President Obama’s decision) and the individual mandate.”

Of course, if they had actually done any research on the topic before rushing their attack out to the world, they would have seen that Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy hadn’t even been elected to Congress yet in 2010 — he was just elected for the first time last year, defeating Tea Party darling Allen West for the seat.

So how in the world could Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy have somehow magically voted for Obamacare if he hadn’t even been elected to Congress? Ahh, this is where the story gets absolutely delicious. Rep. Patrick Murphy did actually vote for Obamacare in 2010… That would be Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is no longer a member of Congress after losing his seat in the 2010 election. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Murphy has absolutely no relation to current Florida Rep. Murphy.

So here you have the Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity not bothering to do any actual research to verify the garbage they’re putting out to the public, accusing current Rep. Patrick Murphy of being a hypocritical flip-flopper based off of a vote that he never participated in, and couldn’t have participated in even if he wanted to, because he hadn’t been elected to Congress yet when it happened.

All this would have required is a ten second Google search to show that the two Rep. Murphy’s are two totally different people. But that’s too difficult for the Kochs and their allies — especially when it comes to the need for quick and impactful propaganda that can be easily spoon-fed to an eager and gullible public. And most especially when it involves evil, Socialist Obamacare.

Politifact ended up contacting Americans For Prosperity to see what the heck they were smoking when coming up with this press release. (As a side note, they gave the statement a “mostly false” rating. “Mostly false,” seriously? AFP literally rewrote history and put a Congressman in office two years before he was ever elected, and that only gets a “mostly false” rating? Give me a damn break! But I digress…)

From their fact-check:

We asked an Americans for Prosperity spokesman if it had mixed up Patrick Murphys.

“Yes, that’s an error, it was a mix-up with Murphy from PA. We sent out a corrected release a couple minutes later,” spokesman Christopher Neefus told PolitiFact Florida in an email July 24.

…In this case, when we looked at AFP’s newsroom page about Florida on July 24, it still contained the press release with the wrong information about Murphy.

Who cares about facts, right?

Obviously the Kochs and Americans For Prosperity don’t, as evidenced by their ridiculous ad against Obamacare, and their sensationalized over-the-top ad against the minimum wage (yes, if you make over $34,000 per year, you’re part of the 1%… of the world!)

This latest embarrassment is just another example proving the fact that the far right couldn’t care less about the truthfulness of what they talk about, as long as it makes an impact. As long as it can be sold with little effort to a Tea Party base that’s ravenous for more reasons to hate Democrats and President Obama. As long as it fits neatly within the realm of Fox News and dittohead talking points.

Who needs pesky facts when you’re perfectly content climbing Bullshit Mountain? 

Thomas Barr

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  • Ed Rudy

    Why would some of the world’s luckiest and most fortunate Billionaires be selfish, greedy and mean spirited?

  • Stevor Compton

    Shamelessly shameful!

  • Susanne McDaniel

    And, the Koch Brothers want to buy up a bunch of newspapers??? Wow…I’m sure the “facts” will be non-existent in their publications.

    • J Ascher

      It would be a full on return to 19th-century Yellow Journalism.

      • Kim Crowdis

        Worse. It would be more akin to Fascist take over. No real news, only propaganda. China could learn a few things from the Koch’s.

    • LateNightLarry

      If the Koch(roach) brothers buy the local papers I read, then those papers will lose a subscriber… and most likely many other subscribers…

  • GPK

    More like buried under bullshit mountain…

  • TommyNIK

    Americans For Plutocracy….not prosperity. The “prosperity” is for THEM.

  • farbarb

    When you pay slave wages, this is the top flight talent you can afford. Got to save every last penny for that pyramid.

  • Ammoman

    Slavery went out in 1863. They want to bring it back for all of us! Guess who the masters will be???

  • Genia

    Both of the Koch’s are in their mid to late 70’s- let’s just hope they fall into the statisical age range for life expectancy.

    • ErrolKuhn

      unfortunately they have children who think the same way they do!

      • Kim Crowdis

        Maybe their kids can be on one of those bridges that is in danger of collapse and it collapses, taking the whole family with them.

      • ErrolKuhn

        we can only wish!

  • slipstick

    Could Rep. Murphy (Fla) sue the group for libel over what they’re doing?

  • Jo Hargis

    Let’s not pretend they didn’t know exactly what they were doing.

  • medcannabis1

    let the KOCH SUCKERS fall in line,..goose stepping all the way……
    Shame upon the citizens of this nation for not calling out the Koch Bros for what they are..