The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label high information voter. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trump Economic Talking Head (And A Lack Of Veracity)

In 2016, Donald Trump hired a well-known conservative economic talking head: Stephen Moore. On any given day, you can find Moore earning copious paychecks on camera at MSNBC, CNN and probably many visits to Fox News with his patented form of economic snake oil.

Of all of Moore's unrelated and over-the-top conservative rhetoric, the following is one case I recall most. 

Media Matters July 2014 (well before Trump declared himself a candidate for the GOP 2016 ticket): 

Conservative Media's Favorite Economist Caught Distorting Facts About Taxes And Job Creation

Moore's mission of late is that of the anti-Affordable Care Act terrorist. Moore recently appeared in an exchange with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Robert Reich, former Clinton Administration Secretary of Labor.  

Moores rounds also found him on the Christian Broadcast Network. In the spirit of Christianity, I wonder how the medical care abandonment for 24 million Americans stacks up in the aura of the scriptures. 
In 2011, Moore entered into an echage with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (a sure fired loss on his part even before the interviews), regarding income gains of the top 1 percent and the gains of American in the lowest income strata. Well, you need not go any further Moore was lying.
Moore In the 1980s, "The lowest income people had the biggest gains."
 Steve Moore on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 in HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"   False

Actually, Moore's hire should never have surprised anyone. Donald Trump is an unarguable pathological liar. He surrounds himself with like personalities, so why would the addition of a camera ready economic theory liar even draw attention? 

Moore is following the GOP party line via the same use of mantra used to fight the enactment of the ACA. In 2000 and 2010, we heard or read these words on a daily basis: "death panels." Well, those panels never materialize today s common GOP regarding the ACAis the image-laden phrase "death spirals." There are fewer more prolific rightwing media propagandist than Hugh Hewitt.

Over the past weekend, Hewitt joined the chorus of well-compensated talking heads appearing on Cable news networks with the same "death spiral" lie.

Tampa Bay Times, Pundifact

Obamacare "is in a death spiral."
— Hugh Hewitt on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 in comments on "Meet the Press"  False

If you are a high information voter/person (HIV) and have a bit of time Ezra Klein's Vox offer a  detailed review of why the ACA is not on a conservative "death spiral."