The surprising thing is that many politicians and broadcasters seem not at all bothered by their exaggerations and falsehoods.
Democrat national committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida repeated David Axelrod’s phrase (don’t know if he was the first) about Newt Gingrich, calling him
“the godfather of gridlock,” claiming that Gingrich stifled Democrats’ attempts to move legislation forward when he was a congressman and Speaker of the House in the 1980s.
On CNN’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer responded, pointing out that Gingrich had a record of compromising across the aisle. Working with Pres. Clinton, Gingrich helped pass a balanced budget and welfare reform.
Exaggeration, which the Florida congresswoman used, reduces her credibility.
MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir,a guest on The Ed Show with Ed Schultz used hyperbole and disrespect when he called Newt Gingrich a “complete all-American zero.”. He also attempted to use excrement as an adjective while trying making a point about the former speaker. Bashir should be ashamed of himself.
Also on the program, Mike Papantonio, who co-hosts a weekend liberal radio show, called Gingrich “the Republican frontrunner that the American public doesn’t like at all.” At all?
On The Fox News program, The Five, which usually includes one liberal and four conservatives, one of today’s discussions, about Pres. Obama’s vacations, saw co-host Dana Perino criticize the number of vacation days the President has taken. Odd because Pres. Bush, her employer for a while as press secretary, took more than twice the days away from the White House at the same point in his presidency. Presidents’ Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan are among those who also had way more than Pres. Obama.
Another conservative co-host, Eric Bolling, said the President’s approval rating was the lowest of any president. That’s incorrect. Both Pres. Bushes, Pres. Carter and Pres. Truman are a few who had lower ratings at some point in their terms.
Newt Gingrich repeated his disrespectful comment that Pres. Obama is the most effective food stamp president in American history. Various factors contribute to the number of food stamps issued, notably that the economy was in bad shape when the Obama presidency began in 2009.