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Showing posts with label Pants on Fire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pants on Fire. Show all posts

Monday, May 7, 2018

Giuliani: Rumor's Made Me Do it

Rudy Giuliani's early week interview with Trump facilitator Sean Hannity led to a Sunday morning news show appearance which rivals the best of The Three Stooges. When comments lead to an unquestionable need to run and hide it speaks to the pathetic state of the person. One can either appreciate the humor or accept the reality of an unhinged talking head.

Watch two minutes of the very worst of Giuliani as he figuratively runs and hides behind a strategy of "rumors" led to this commons about a Trump payment to Stormy Daniels. 

Payments to other women?
Hiding from comments to Sean Hannity also led to this 50-second clip with Stormy Daniels's Attorney: Michael Avenatti.

Train wreck?


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trump: The Lying King

Image result for telling the lie

.....tell incessant lies and it shows as pathology. 

Trump oftens declares himself the first ,the most, or the best.  Well, there is evidence he is correct; when it comes to lying.

He will certainly go down in US history as the most prolific liar to ever occupy the Oval Office.  The Tampa Bay Times fact checker, Politifact, maintians a regularly updated tally of Trump's veracity, or lack there of with associated links. Here.


The fact-checker has anointed Trumo Lie of the Year for consevutive years.

From a few weeks ago through today.

"It's Growing"

Let's take a run through a few cases of White House lying to the detriment to the nation.
From another angle, it looks even worse.

Democratic Strategist, Keith Boykin posted the following on his Twitter page. 
 A bit more...... 
The son-in-law is an issue who actially rivlas Trump as Manchurian Candidate of the decades. 
Along with our piece (incessant liar) theme here is another large lie from Trump's this week's support Roy Moore side eye visit to Florida.


Simply, not true. the U.S. Census shows black home owership peaking at 47.9% in 2004, before the housing crash. In 2017, black family home ownership is down to 42.7 percent.

Trump is a shame to humankind. The only way to deal with a person who is so consumed with lying as a first output of his memta processes, is to call him out with each and every lie. 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Trump: General Pershing And The US Economy (180 Degree Lies)


Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years! 

Pants on Fire!


Says that in the Philippines more than a century ago, Gen. John Pershing "took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood," and shot 49 Muslim rebels. "The 50th person, he said, ‘You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem."
— Donald Trump on Friday, February 19th, 2016 in a rally in North Charleston, S.C.

When will it ever end? Donald Trump is so obviously lost in a world of false reality it is no longer funny. After the recent terror attacks in Barcelona Spain, someone in Trump's White House staff posted a professional and compassionate statement regarding the terror attack. Within hours of the statement, Trump grabbed his IPhone and tweeted a few characters of a completely debunked story of an American Admiral who ordered the deaths of Islamic terror attacked via pig blood dosed bullets. Notice the bigotry and racism. "PIG" and Arabic "Isllamic" are polar opposite ideology.

The over-the-top lying doesn't stop at the top. Trump has a well oiled cadre of "presstitutes" who earn millions traipsing through cable news shows while spewing what often seems agreed upon talking points. MSNBCs powerful financial minds Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle hosted one such mouthpiece earlier today. The rational viewer will recognize the Trumpeteer should not have eaccepted the invitation. The irrational Trump support (lover, sycophant or minion) will continue to accept the lies from the mouthpieces.

Trump's first mental output is to push a lie or an exaggeration across his lips.  If you are a person who believes anything from the mouth of the 45th President of the United States, well.....

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"Just the Facts" Politifacts "Top 5" 2014 Rulings

We realize that some progressive writers and publications have followed Rachel Maddow's criticism of Politifact and stopped using the Tampa Bay Times fact checker division. Politifacts factually blows their assignment of ruling's from time to time. Maddow and her team adroitly pointed out a case or two where the fact checker was flat out wrong in its analysis. Wrong happens and has also (rarely) hit the Maddow Show, 

Fact checkers are very important in our age of political trickery, propaganda and outright manipulation for the purpose of political advantage. The entities also shed light of flawed personalities who have managed to win elections and use their elected offices as a platform for spewing lies. Of course, the Internet forces without questions utility for fact checkers. You only have to read one chain email to recognize how such misinformation and lies travel in the underground of the Internet.

Opinion writers on the Right often comment that Politifact is left-leaning. A charge that is an easy sell to willing believers based simply on the fact (pun intended) the vast majority of Pants on Fire rulings emanate from the Right. The criticism is a false assertion also based on the fact the Left also garners Pants on Fire rulings. I believe the 2013 "Lie Of The Year" was President Obama's "You Can Keep Your Plan" claims regarding the Affordable Care Act. 

From another perspective, if you follow this link and view a few Pants on Fires, you will find the ruling is more often assigned on the Right.

We are just over half through 2014 and Politifact has developed a list of its Top Five most popular Fact checks for the year.

Politifacts Top 5......

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for June 2014

Published on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 9:56 a.m.
Here are PolitiFact’s top 5 most viewed fact-checks of June 2014, counting down to the most popular item.

5. More than 500 Guantanamo detainees were released or transferred under Bush

We fact-checked this claim five years ago, but it got a second life this month because of the swap of American prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Berghdal for the release of five Taliban officials from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters on June 16, 2009, "Some 500 detainees were released from Guantanamo during the Bush administration."

Several government documents backed up the fact that 500 Guantanamo detainees had been moved from the prison under former President George W. Bush. Our only quibble with Hoyer was his use of the word "released" -- some of the 500 were released, while others were transferred to another country. We rated his claim Mostly True.

4. Ted Cruz: 'U.S. policy has changed, now we make deals with terrorists'

When President Barack Obama announced that Bergdahl was freed by his Taliban captors after five years in custody, critics were quick to jump on his decision to release the Guantanamo Bay detainees. Later that week, White House national security adviser Susan Rice said Obama was justified because the United States was at war with Bergdahl’s captors, even if it wasn’t in the traditional sense. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took exception to that characterization and said Obama changed "decades" of policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

We found that even though presidents and officials often say "we do not negotiate with terrorists," it has not proven to be a hard-and-fast rule. Obama’s actions so far do not signal a change in policy, but rather the latest in a long line of exceptions presidents have made throughout recent history. (The list includes former presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.) We rated Cruz’s statement Mostly False.

3. A video of Barack Obama speech was edited to change his meaning

A reader recently asked us to look at a YouTube video clip of Obama that puzzled them. The brief video showed Obama giving a speech in which he said, "And for the international order that we have worked for generations to build, ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign."

The clip came from an address to European youth at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels on March 26, 2014. But while the clip comes from a genuine White House video, it has been edited to make an entirely different point than the one Obama was making -- Rather, he was saying that these sentiments run counter to the ideals of free will and democracy. The statement in the chain email video was spliced together in a way that twists Obama’s argument beyond recognition, so we rated it Pants on Fire.

Bonus: Check out our video showing the truncated version compared with the original speech here.

2. Have there been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook?

A striking statistic about school shootings made its rounds on the Internet this month. It said that at least 74 school shootings had occurred since December 2012, when an assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School left 28 dead. The statistic came from Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The figure is accurate only if you use a broad definition of "school shooting" that includes such incidents as suicides, accidents and spillover from adjacent criminal activity. The figure has some value in quantifying the proximity of guns to school campuses, but the group makes a significant stretch by tying the statistic so closely to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. By doing this, the group closely associates the statistic with planned mass shootings targeting students and school staff -- a category that, using a more strict definition, accounts for only 10 of the 74 incidents.

The statement contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rated it Mostly False.

1. Did Barack Obama sign a bill to forgive all outstanding student debt? No

In early June, a reader pointed us to a shocking headline circulating in chain emails and social media posts -- "Obama Signs Bill Forgiving All Student Loan Debt." It sounded too good to be true, at least from the students’ point of view, and it turned out to be a satirical article from the website,Empire News.

While Obama has taken executive action and called for passage of a student-loan refinancing bill now pending in the Senate, he didn’t say he was planning to forgive all student debts -- a far more massive undertaking. The claim is ridiculously false, so we rated it Pants on Fire.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fox News Garners Another "Pants Of Fire!" Ironic Since Fox Has Been Known For Policy Agains Pants on the Set

It is sad Fox News viewers don't supplant their news viewing with anything other than sitting with popcorn in bowl and tin foil hats to soak-up the Keystone Cop programming from Roger Ailes employees.

I recall an exchange with a conservative who took exception to ObamaCare regarding his thoughts of Congressional wavier. In other words, he believed member of Congress were omitted from compliance under the Affordable Care Act. After I sent the guy a copy of an article, clearly delineating members of Congress were required to enroll, the guy fired back a snippy response of , " you believe what these guys say." He further stated he asked his congressman and his congressman told him members of Congress did not have to secure coverage via the ACA. When I asked if his congressman was a Republican and implied he might have fallen for GOP lockstep lies, I never heard back from the guy. I suspect he secured an answer via a Goggle search. How naive and "tin hattish?" 

I am unabashed as I restate my position of securing news and current events from people who work for a network that prohibits women from wearing pants on the set. Now, why do you suspect such an edict is a reality over at Fox News?  Allow me to provide an answer.

USA Today September 20, 2013
"Pants were not allowed on Fox & Friends, remember?" she told former co-host Brian Kilmeade on his Fox News Radio show yesterday. (We're guessing the rule only applied to female hosts, considering we've never caught Kilmeade or Steve Doocy in a skirt.)
Some prefer images.....The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle.


Fox spares no camera angles and it isn't at all surprising the network demographics indicate a heavy leaning towards thirty-somethings to high baby boomer white males.  

No problem with liberal (use intended) of thigh and legs shots on camera, but I relish in the fact those who expose are not bringers of information that I absorb. Since we are on the topic, the pictured host, recently delivered a message craftily written by writers and delivered via Fox New production.

The Truth-O-Meter Says:
Kimberly Guilfoyle on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 in a broadcast of "The Five" on Fox News

Guilfoyle: Obamacare is 'one big fat VA'

The uproar over allegations of secret waiting lists at a Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix, and delays that potentially cost veterans their lives has opened the Obama administration to criticism that it was slow to respond to the VA’s own internal reports.
Some also see a connection between troubles at the VA and the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
On Fox News’ The Five, four of the show’s pundits built the case that if Obama digs deeply into the VA, it will raise more questions than he would like about how the Affordable Care Act is structured.
When a Fox News panelist described the VA as a "single-payer" system (where the financing of health care is run through the government), co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle chimed in.
"If he (Obama) shines a light on that, if we actually have some illumination there, then you're going to see this is really what the rest of you all are going to get: One big fat VA system in the form of Obamacare," Guilfoyle said.
Using the same logic, co-host Eric Bolling later claimed that 500 people per year "are going to die waiting" for treatment because of Obamacare.
Bolling’s claim has some fundamental problems -- we’ll address them in a bit -- but here we’re fact-checking Guilfoyle’s claim that Obamacare amounts to "one big fat VA system."
Obamacare: One big fat VA system
The VA owns hospitals. Its doctors, nurses and technicians are government employees. The people who get care at VA facilities have served in the armed forces. These facilities are not open to the general public, and Congress appropriates the funds that keep the VA running.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the government works with private insurance companies and health care providers to provide health care coverage. The government subsidizes insurance premiums for some people and sets minimum standards for insurance policies.
But the health care system remains in the private sector. Private sector providers get paid by insurance companies and patients. There are thousands of private providers and hundreds of insurance plans operating in hundreds of markets across the country.
In the case of Medicaid, the government plays the role of the insurance company and pays private providers based on a set reimbursement schedule.
Some notes about the Affordable Care Act:
  • Employers will continue to provide health insurance to the majority of Americans through private insurance companies.
  • The government has not seized control of hospitals or nationalized doctors.
  • The law does not include the public option, a government-run insurance plan that would have competed with private insurers.
We asked health care experts to assess the similarities and differences between the VA and the Affordable Care Act. The bottom line: it’s apples and oranges.
Tom Buchmueller, who spent a year on Obama's Council of Economic Advisors and teaches at the University of Michigan, said he struggles to see any similarity at all. "Coverage through the exchanges is private insurance," Buchmueller said. 
Tom Getzen at Temple University said the VA is much like the institution that the veterans were once part of. "It’s an army," Getzen said. "In contrast, Obamacare is a complex legislative creation (with) the exchanges, expanded Medicaid and regulation."
Getzen said, to call Obamacare the same as the VA "is kind of like saying your farm program is a post office." They both have government ties, but they’re fundamentally different and are operated differently. 
Scott Harrington, an adjunct scholar with the conseravtive American Enterprise Institute and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, described the changes under Obamacare as a step in the direction of a government-run health care system. "But it’s a long way from getting there," Harrington said.
The idea that the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of health care" was named as PolitiFact’s 2010 Lie of the Year.
500 people dying a year from Obamacare
Bolling took the comparison a step further, saying the sort of delays that took place at the VA in Phoenix would repeat themselves under Obamacare, with 500 people dying a year as a result.
"President Obama wanted to insure 40 million new people under Obamacare," Bolling said.
At the VA, he continued, the typical veteran has 13 appointments each year. Bolling applied that to 40 million new patients.
"You're talking 585 million visits, half a billion visits," Bolling said. "If people are dying, how many people are going to die in Obamacare? Do the math. It will be about 500 people per year that are going to die waiting -- apples to apples."
While we won’t fact-check Bolling’s prediction, we do think it’s important to point out two problems with Bolling’s math for people who saw the segment. First, the Congressional Budget Office projects that through 2024, 26 million people will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So Bolling exaggerated the base number by about 50 percent.
Second, the experts we reached said veterans have very different needs than the general population. Part of the massive growth in the VA workload stemmed from disorders related to traumatic brain injury and from the lingering effects of the Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange. Bolling doubled or even tripled the number of doctor appointments of typical Americans, experts told us.
"The average in the U.S. is between four and six," Getzen said. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average number of visits fell from 4.8 a year in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010.
Point being: The math Bolling used to reach his prediction is quite flawed.
Our ruling
Guilfoyle said Obamacare is "one big fat VA system." We found no health policy expert who agreed with that comparison. The VA is owned and operated by the federal government. Its staff are government employees. In contrast, Obamacare builds upon the existing private sector health industry. The law sets standards for insurance and health care providers and it subsidizes premiums. Washington does run the Medicaid insurance program but even under that program, it is paying private providers.
We rate the claim Pants on Fire.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TV Show M.A.S.H "Trapper"...GOP Demagogue!

So, how about a flashback to a television series that was top of the charts for may years.   Do you recall MASH? I never watched one episode, but I recall the opening musical theme and camera shots. My memory is of seeing the shots and hearing the theme  just long enough for to enact personal viewing preference via my remote unit.

As we moved through the Bush years, I became aware one of the series major stars was an avid republican. Not only is Wayne Rogers an avid republican, he is Fox New-like deranged in his aversion to president Obama.  Fox-like, anti-Obama, and a republican that means he probably partakes in Hannity, Napolitano, Bolling, Doocy, and Kelly oratory.  Oratory more often than not focused on feeding the minds and psyches of Fox News viewers, and oratory without one basis in fact. 

Rogers joins the long list of Republicans who literally occupy the Politifact "Pants on Fire" gallery. Yes, President Obama has a major "Pants on Fire" regarding  " can keep your plan. Yet, Democrats somehow manage to avoid the esteem, of the guttural Politifact "Pant of Fire."

Well, Rogers can claim his honor.

The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"There are over 200 documented cases where (Obama) has lied."

Wayne Rogers on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 in a broadcast of "Cashin' In" on Fox News

Former 'M*A*S*H' star: Obama lied over 200 times

Wayne Rogers of M*A*S*H fame -- he played "Trapper John" -- now investor and Fox News pundit, took a shot recently at President Barack Obama’s character. 

"He's not just willing to lie. He does it deliberately," Rogers said May 3, 2014, on the Fox News business program Cashin’ In. "There are over 200 documented cases where he has lied, you know, you can keep your plan if you like it. You can keep your doctor if you like it. Those are the obvious lies." 

That’s a lot of lying, and we wanted to learn more. We asked Rogers for his sources and did not hear from him. So we don’t know where he got the number but it seems likely he has read this: "252 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, etc.", a list on a website called 

The title alone suggests Rogers may have gone overboard. At face value, the list gets to 252 by lumping "lies" in with a variety of other things (alleged lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism and the catch-all etc.). In fact, we looked at each item and about 225 came down to a difference of opinion over policy. 

Some examples on the policy front: Sent U.S. troops to Africa; made recess appointments when Congress was not in recess; had Freedom of Information Act record worse than Bush’s. 

The list includes 13 instances of what the author considered actual lying. PolitiFact declared the claim "If you like your plan, you can keep it," as the 2013 Lie of the Year (So we’ll give Rogers credit for that one.) For the rest, we take no position on whether the president verifiably misled the public but here are some items in that group (followed by our work):
Lied about the cost of Obamacare; 

Falsely said that "we got back every dime" from the bailout; (PolitiFact New Hampshire rated Obama saying "We got back every dime used to rescue the banks" as Mostly True)
Falsely said that Fast and Furious was started when George W. Bush was president. (PolitiFact rated Obama saying that Fast and Furious started when Bush was president as False)
There are an additional 13 items on the list that seem more like broken promises than anything else. That portion of the list includes things like broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay (PolitiFact has rated that promise Stalled), claimed he would wait five days before signing bills (PolitiFact has rated that Promise Broken), and broke his promise to pass immigration bill, and then lied about why he broke it (PolitiFact has rated several promises related to immigration). 

Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College and co-author of All the President’s Spin, does not put lying and broken promises in the same basket. 

"People may not be able to fulfill promises for reasons beyond their control and in any case it’s less ethically troubling to change your mind later than to say something that is misleading at the time that you say it," Nyhan said. "I’m opposed to the term ‘lie’ and have avoided using it in my work. It implies intention to mislead, which we can never know definitively." 

This article was expansive in its index of Obama’s transgressions and many items went beyond traditional policy disputes. In this category we found claims such as: had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican; shut down an Amish farm; falsely claimed to know more about Judaism than any other president; and lied about being his ‘brother’s keeper.’
Trangessions? Maybe. 

Provable, documented lies? No. 

PolitiFact, by the way, has fact-checked Obama more than 500 times and found 77 of his claims to be rated either False or Pants on Fire. Neither rating indicates Obama lied, but you can see the rulings for yourself here. PolitiFact also is tracking more than 500 of Obama's campaign promises, 115 of which have been rated Promise Broken. A Promise Broken rating doesn't mean Obama lied, but you can review the promises for yourself here.   

Our ruling
Rogers said "there are over 200 documented cases where (Obama) has lied." Rogers did not provide any proof, but it appears he got his information from an online list of 252 perceived transgressions by Obama that includes accusations of lying, broken promises, ethical lapses and objectionable policies. By our count, the article offered 13 instances of what the author saw and another 13 instances of Obama breaking promises. 

In this fact-check, we're not verifying whether those 25-or-so cases constitute lies. But we can say with certainty that the "documented" total does not reach "over 200." Rogers' claim is ridiculously false. We rate it Pants on Fire.