Both Sides Don’t Do It: Study Finds Republicans Lie Three Times More Than Democrats

cut and paste king 2013/11/20 15:07:34
A new study from the nonpartisan Center For Media Affairs has concluded that since the beginning of President Obama’s second term, Republicans have lied three times more often than Democrats.
The Center For Media Affairs (CFMA) at George Mason University found that PolitiFact rated Republican claims as false three times more often than Democratic claims. Not only do Republicans lie more often, but Democrats are more truthful. By a 2 to 1 margin (22%-11%) PolitiFact rated Democratic statements as completely true. The CFMA also found that, “A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements. Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements. Despite controversies over Obama administration statements regarding Benghazi, the IRS and the Associated Press, Republicans have continued to fare worse than Democrats, with 60% of their claims rated as false so far this month (May 1 – May 22), compared to 29% of Democratic statements – a 2 to 1 margin.”
On this surface the fact that Republicans lie more than Democrats may appear obvious, but beyond the numbers this study confirms that lying is a major component of Republican political strategy.
The reason why Republicans can get away with lying so often is because the mainstream media refuses to challenge them. The media has become a willing accomplice in the GOP’s lie to win strategy by treating lies as equal to facts. Republicans know that they can go on television and spread their false talking points with little or no resistance from the media. Republicans have turned the press into empty headed megaphones by refusing to speak to anyone in the media who will challenge their lies. Republicans withhold access to anyone who refuses to treat their lies as fact. That’s how the game works, and it is why the corporate media turns a blind eye to blatant Republican falsehoods.
Republicans are claiming that President Obama has a credibility problem with the American people, when in reality the entire Republican Party lacks credibility. A majority of Americans don’t believe what the Republican Party says anymore. The Republican Party has so damaged their reputation that anyone who runs as the Republican presidential nominee inherits a credibility issue.
The CFMA study blows the media excuse that both sides do it out of the water. Both sides don’t do it. Republicans are lying as part of an intentional strategy to mislead the country. These aren’t a few false statements by individual members of Congress. These lies are party wide talking points. Congressional Republicans have based their investigations of this president on lies, and they believe that if they keep lying long enough, they can convince the American people that they are telling the truth.
Republicans have responded to the improving economy by doubling output of untruth. The trifecta of Obama scandals that the GOP has dreamed up hinge upon false allegations. Lying has become standard operating procedure for the Republican Party. With their policies rejected, and their leadership absent, all the Republican Party has left to offer America is an endless stream of lies.
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  • Ryan 2013/11/20 16:56:43
    Let me get this straight...

    Your claim is that because a "progressive research & information center" did a study based on Politifact (an organization with a record of bias itself)

    So a biased organization reports the claims of a biased organization and you call that proof?

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  • rand 2013/11/20 23:24:16
    For this old Goldwater Republican, this seems embarrassingly true, but i await studies that counter these assertions.
  • Pamela 2013/11/20 22:38:41
    Now, you tell us that the Center for Media affairs did the study. Well that says it all, these are a bunch of liberal Obama wipe swabs who are paid to defend the A-- Ho--.
  • cut and... Pamela 2013/11/20 23:58:08
    cut and paste king
    dont matter if it was obama who wrote it but the facts are true100 percent uuiioo
  • Pamela cut and... 2013/11/21 00:20:50
    It's liberal facts, not the real facts.
  • cut and... Pamela 2013/11/21 00:31:30
    cut and paste king
  • Pamela cut and... 2013/11/21 12:33:53
    No it's not Mack!
  • Mark P. 2013/11/20 22:29:39
    Mark P.
    Your post just proved that this is erroneous. Progressives will always point the finger when their plans blow up in their face.
  • cut and... Mark P. 2013/11/20 23:59:10
    cut and paste king
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove (see trends).

    Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval
    Each result is based on a three-day rolling average
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    11/17-19/2013 40% 53%
    11/16-18/2013 41% 53%
    11/15-17/2013 41% 53%
    11/14-16/2013 41% 53%
    11/13-15/2013 40% 53%
    11/12-14/2013 42% 52%
    11/11-13/2013 42% 52%
    11/10-12/2013 42% 52%
    11/9-11/2013 40% 54%
    11/8-10/2013 40% 54%
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
  • Unclecracker 2013/11/20 21:47:11 (edited)
    Well the ones the looney left does tell are the real doozers. So funny and so damned hypocritical. Pick up your local newspaper, your fearless leader is heading the race, lmao!!! Doesn't take a study to figure that one out. Oops, I bet I'm lying.....NOT!!!
  • cut and... Unclecr... 2013/11/21 00:00:44
    cut and paste king
    Dont forget that he walks on water vnnmkkl
  • Charles White 2013/11/20 20:27:20
    Charles White
    I SAY THIS! ! ! I am not a fan of politifacts because politifacts are not that reliable. However, I know for my own research that the Conservaties are a bunch of liars and untrustworthy! ! !
  • Hawkeye 2013/11/20 20:21:48
    "A new study from the nonpartisan Center For Media Affairs has concluded that since the beginning of President Obama’s second term, Republicans have lied three times more often than Democrats. "

    The very FIRST sentence is a baldfaced lie.. Center for Media Affairs did NOT conduct this study.. They just reported on a study done by the highly biased Politifact organization..

    Secondly,, the study was based on 100 statements (46 by Democrats and 54 by Republicans), finding that 32% of Republican statements were rated "false" or "pants on fire," while only 11% of Democratic claims earned the same ratings.

    And what were the staements about that caused this tremendous rift in the "truth"?? For the MOST part,, the bone of contention with politifact seemed to be centered around the disagreement surrounding the subject of manmade climate change..

    Other subjects covered pertained to the claims made by Obama and the Democrats over Obamacare like " If you like your insurance you can KEEP it,, Period".. Claims that proved to be LIES since this study was released..

    AS usual.. No mater HOW outlandish the claims of the left,, disagree with them and YOU are the liar..
  • CODE 11 2013/11/20 19:20:28
    CODE 11
    Give me a break.
  • Urchyn 2013/11/20 19:13:25
    Oh that's a total load of crap! THEY ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LIE!
  • cut and... Urchyn 2013/11/20 19:15:26
    cut and paste king
    you bet ! thats the only way they can get elected ,
    remember the check is in the mail and i promise i wont ............
  • Ferηαηdo 夢 ɗəɑʇɦ ɗəʃɪəʀ ʘʃ ρɦɑəʇ
    This is news?
  • cut and... Ferηαηd... 2013/11/20 17:32:17
    cut and paste king
    are there any post on sodahead that is considered as news ?
    wake up!
  • Ferηαηd... cut and... 2013/11/20 17:36:45
    Ferηαηdo 夢 ɗəɑʇɦ ɗəʃɪəʀ ʘʃ ρɦɑəʇ
    Um, I wasn't saying it to attack your post. I was saying it because it isn't at all surprising that Republicans lie more.
  • cut and... Ferηαηd... 2013/11/20 17:53:37
    cut and paste king
  • Bronar 2013/11/20 17:22:23
    The fact that you call a progressive information center non partisan is a lie. Let's start the tally here: Democrats 1 lie - Republicans 0.
  • cut and... Bronar 2013/11/20 17:30:11
    cut and paste king

    reagans iran contra
    bush 43 no wmds
    bush 41 read my lips
    clinton i never had sex with that woman
    nixon i m not a crook
    obama you can keep yourinsurace
  • GodofDarkness 2013/11/20 17:19:19
    All politicians are puppets.
  • Cliff 2013/11/20 17:00:31
  • Ryan 2013/11/20 16:56:43
    Let me get this straight...

    Your claim is that because a "progressive research & information center" did a study based on Politifact (an organization with a record of bias itself)

    So a biased organization reports the claims of a biased organization and you call that proof?
  • cut and... Ryan 2013/11/20 17:23:49
    cut and paste king
    ,just look at the post on sodahead written by right wingers
    google and research
    andyou will find that its 110 percent true
  • Ryan cut and... 2013/11/20 17:45:47 (edited)
    No I won't.

    Everybody lies.

    Everybody has an agenda that skews their view of the world.

    Republicans Lie.

    Democrats Lie.

    The issue here is Politifact has a history of going easy on left-wing lies by giving the speaker the benefit of the doubt.

    They also have a history of coming down hard on right-wing lies.

    Their personal beliefs bias their views of the lies.

    This means they rate Republicans less true.
  • FRED 2013/11/20 16:43:25
  • Larry M 2013/11/20 15:48:08
    Larry M
    Media Matters for America is a
    Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation
    in the U.S. media.
    I just went to their website and copied this. Notice it says it is a "Progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, and correcting conservative misinformation" THIS ISNT NON PARTISAN WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO KID?
  • cut and... Larry M 2013/11/20 15:54:37
    cut and paste king
    media matters ,fox news ,msnbc,newsmax all pure trash
  • Larry M cut and... 2013/11/20 18:45:07
    Larry M
    I agree that all of them have an agenda, the only thing I can give Fox is that they consistantly bring liers from both sides of the argument in to argue their sides. You then are given the oppertunity to compair both sides of the talking points and see which you may or may not agree with. If you don't listen to the news on cable then that leaves you with getting it from the internet, that still leaves you looking at sites with an agenda and a position they push. You can read both sides which gives you again what talking points are being presented. And you can research sites such as Wikipedia for information, however Wikipedia is supported by people such as you and I who are likely to interject their flavor of the truth into what is there. That simply leave all of us to develop what we believe from whats out their and our life experiences. I personally come from business that we built from the ground up and in my life experience we had to budget, plan, provide a great service and spend less than we take in. ie, fiscully conservitive. Also my social life experience tells me that people live in deverse ways and that as long as I live and let live we all seem to get along well. It is only when others try to empose their ways onto me that we get into trouble. I guess that makes my point of view from life's experience Money Conservitive and Life Socially Liberal, go figure.
  • cut and... Larry M 2013/11/20 19:06:45 (edited)
    cut and paste king
    most complainers on good times pissed their money away thinking that the ride was gonna last forever , i learned long time ago that what goes up must come down, so i saved my money for a raini day , with jimmy carter and the last 5 years obama i never had a single problem ..and as far as both parties ,,when it comes to money this cartoon says it all
  • cut and... Larry M 2013/11/20 15:56:16
    cut and paste king
    if you are saying that this article comes from media matters , my suggestion is to get off the drugs or werever the hell you re taking
  • Larry M cut and... 2013/11/20 18:04:07 (edited)
    Larry M
    He sites it in the comments, you did read the whole thing didn't you. It is part of the first 10 words, apparently you only read the Heading?
  • cut and... Larry M 2013/11/20 19:12:33
    cut and paste king
    after reading your 2nd article i got it and i agree with you
  • Luke Larry M 2013/11/20 16:22:04
    It figures!!!! The liberals pol shows cons are lying...... kinda like the election was not rigged..lol
  • cut and... Luke 2013/11/20 17:26:31
    cut and paste king
    elections rigged ?
    ill bet if romney had won you would have not said that ,
    get off the drugs dud!
  • Kent Harper 2013/11/20 15:46:36
    Kent Harper
    And those of us with our heads screwed on right have known this for years and years!
  • cut and... Kent Ha... 2013/11/20 15:49:39
    cut and paste king
    how republicans saw it and see it now ! ghjiiio jjkoopp
  • Kent Ha... cut and... 2013/11/20 15:52:01
    Kent Harper
    "Better dead than red."
  • Roger47 2013/11/20 15:46:09
    Of course they lie. It works! Their constituents are all too willing to fall for it.

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