Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Spoonful of Saccharine: American People Support Obamacare (If You Define “American People” to Mean “Mostly Leftists”) « NewsReal Blog

A Spoonful of Saccharine: American People Support Obamacare (If You Define “American People” to Mean “Mostly Leftists”) « NewsReal Blog

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Lat night, Rachel Maddow had another one of her “TRUTH about the LIES about ACORN” segments, but it was not worth dwelling on. Most of the segment was a rehash of what Maddow has been saying for the past week—ACORN is essentially good, the right wing is out to smear this organization unjustly, yada, yada, yada. She had the same guest—long-time ACORN apologist Peter Dreier—on to repeat essentially the same lines he had offered the last time he was on her show. Maddow apparently subscribes to the strategy that a lie becomes believable if you repeat it often enough.

She also spent a great deal of time trying to convince her audience of the lie (addressed and thoroughly debunked at NewsReal here, here and here, as well as other sites here and here) that Obama’s political director did not previously work for ACORN.

But we want to focus on Maddow’s earlier segment on health care, in which she played clips from Democratic Senators citing a public opinion poll supposedly in support of government health care. Maddow used this supposed support as a talking point to attack Republicans as being out-of-touch. But who exactly is it that is divorced from the facts?

Maddow had this to say about the poll:

“In fact, 65 percent of Americans are so afraid of the public option that they said in the last New York Times/CBS poll that they would please like a public option, 65 percent. You know, the least surprising news of the day today was that not a single Republican would vote in accordance with that 65 percent of the American people.”

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