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Right Wing’s ‘Smear Machine’ That Attacked Parkland School Shooting Victims Wins ‘Lie of the Year’ Award

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They called Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg a “crisis actor.”

They said MSD student Emma González was a communist who has ties to Cuba.

They accused her of ripping up the U.S. Constitution.

They claimed Hogg was actually brought in from California and wasn’t even at the school that day.

These were all lies.

They lied. Repeatedly. About children who had just suffered a horrific act of violence.

Donald Trump Jr. liked a tweet by a conservative TV show host Graham Ledger that linked to a story by the Gateway Pundit website stating that David Hogg was ‘coached on anti-Trump lines.'”

So says PolitiFact, the Pulitzer prize winning fact-checking group created by the Tampa Bay Times (it’s now owned by the Poynter Institute). PolitiFact has just named the “smear machine” that attacked the Parkland Students its “Lie of the Year.”

They write: “the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.”

PolitiFact attempts to claim the push back to these lies was “bipartisan,” offering up remarks from Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio was proof, but that’s at best a stretch.

The lies, the attacks, the smears all came from the right and the far right.

In the month after the Valentine’s Day massacre at Parkland that stole 17 lives and forever changed those who survived, The Guardian published a report: “How rightwingers have attacked Parkland students with lies, hoaxes and smears.”

A sampling:

Alt-right social media company Gab was one of many that disseminated a doctored animation of Gonzalez in which she falsely appeared to be tearing up the US constitution. Cartoonist and Trump sycophant Ben Garrison depicted Hogg as an assault rifle, wielded by CNN, and loaded with Marxism. Breitbart re-published a round of tweets accusing Hogg of throwing a Nazi salute.

On Front Page – an outlet led by David Horowitz, whose main stock in trade is virulent Islamophobia – Bruce Thornton decried Hogg’s “profanity laced tantrums” and reduced him and his fellow students to political “shock troops” being manipulated by a progressive “ideology of melodrama and moral exhibitionism”.

Alex Jones thought it wise to continue his dispute with Hogg over whether chemical additives in water really turn frogs gay. The website WND simply called him “Vile Hogg”.

Image by Phil Roeder via Flickr and a CC license

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LIES AND THE LYING LIARS THAT TELL THEM

‘Biggest Whopper in History’: Stephen Miller Claims No President Was ‘Dealt a Better Hand on Day One Than Biden’

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Former Trump White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller is being mocked and chastised for claiming President Joe Biden inherited the best situation possible.

“No President in history has been dealt a better hand on Day One than President Biden,” Miller, regarded as both a white nationalist and a white supremacist by many, told Fox News Thursday night.

The Trump administration walked into a booming economy and left the Biden administration with a disaster: huge unemployment, an uncontrolled pandemic that had already killed 400,000 people, no actual plan to get coronavirus vaccine shots into Americans’ arms, and a lack of trust and respect around the world.

When Trump took office after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unemployment was at 4.7%. When President Joe Biden took office unemployment was at 6.7%.

When Trump left office his approval rating was at 34%. In his four years it never even hit 50%.

The Southern Poverty Law Center last summer added Miller to its list of extremists, noting he “is credited with shaping the racist and draconian immigration policies of President Trump, which include the zero-tolerance policy, also known as family separation, the Muslim ban and ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Miller has also “purged” government agencies of civil servants who are not entirely loyal to his extremist agenda.”

Here’s Miller on “Hannity”:

Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall responded by noting, “it is pretty remarkable that twice in 12 years a Democrat was obliged to take the reins in the midst of the smoldering ruins of a Republican presidency.”

Here’s how others responded to Miller’s lie:

 

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Again Uses Hitler, Holocaust, and Nazi References in Paranoid Anti-Vaxx Attack on Biden

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It was just three weeks ago that U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized to the nation for her Holocaust references, claiming after visiting the Holocaust Museum, “I have made a mistake…the Holocaust is – there’s nothing comparable to it.”

“There are words that I have said and remarks that I have made that I know are offensive,” she said June 14 (photo), to fend off a censure resolution, which Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-IL) decided to not file after her apology.

Three weeks and one day later she threw that apology out, attacking President Joe Biden with Holocaust and Nazi rhetoric.

President Biden earlier on Tuesday declared he will continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, even if it means going door-to-door to help people get vaccinated.

“We need to go community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oft times door-to-door, literally knocking on doors” he told America.

Congresswoman Greene late Tuesday afternoon decided to unleash her paranoid, delusional conspiracy theories, attacking President Biden.

“Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a political tool used to control people,” she falsely claimed.

The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for all the COVID-19 vaccines currently being used in the U.S., and two of those in use have been submitted for final authorization. It’s absolutely false to claim the vaccines are not FDA approved. And it’s absolutely a lie to claim they are being used as a political tool to control people.

“People have a choice,” Greene continued, and that’s when she injected her Holocaust and Nazi references, saying:

“they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations. You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”

Hitler’s “Brownshirts” were his original stormtroopers, created to stomp out any opposition in his early days of power. Hitler’s “Nazi doctors conducted as many as 30 different types of experiments on concentration-camp inmates,” PBS has reported. “They performed these studies without the consent of the victims, who suffered indescribable pain, mutilation, permanent disability, or in many cases death as a result.”

In May Greene had said Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s policies to protect vaccinated lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers and visitors were “exactly” the same as those in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, when Hitler put millions of Jews and other minorities on trains and slaughtered them in gas chambers, often after forcing them to work in camps as they were starved.

The FDA has rated the COVID-19 vaccines safe and extraordinarily effective.

 

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‘I Never Lied’: Kayleigh McEnany Says God Made Her Tell the Truth in the White House Despite Documented Lies

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Kayleigh McEnany insisted on Sunday that she never lied as White House press secretary because she believes in God.

While speaking to Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit, McEnany recalled that she had been asked if she would ever lie to the American people soon after taking the job as press secretary.

“And I said without hesitation, no,” she remarked. “And I never did. As a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied. I sourced my information.”

McEnany complained that the press has attacked her by calling her a “liar.”

“Our motto was this: offense only,” she told the crowd. “Because I knew what we were up against. Republicans always get the bad headlines, always get the false stories, always get the lies — if I can use that word — told by the press. There is one standard for Democrats and another for Republicans. And we must be on offense.”

McEnany went on to recount news reports that she claimed had been fabricated to damage former President Donald Trump.

She did not address the litany of lies that were reported by the news media during her tenure as White House press secretary.

In one article alone, Refinery29’s Natalie Gontcharova detailed nearly two dozen of McEnany’s falsehoods.

Watch the video below from Real America’s Voice.

 

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