Unfortunately, I can’t seem to figure out how to embed the MSNBC player into this WordPress blog, so you’ll have to follow this link to see Rachel Maddow do something rather extraordinary in today’s journalism: she finds evidence of a person lying repeatedly and she then says that the person is lying repeatedly.
At one point she even mocked mainstream media talking heads by affecting a deep voice and saying, “Mr. Romney claims… others say.” Some Disagree! For those familiar with the About section of this blog, you’ll probably understand why this made me so happy last night. It’s almost as if Ms. Maddow thinks she is a Truth Vigilante or something, actually checking up on the (non-)factual statements of the people she covers.
It’s distressing that the most surprising part of this story is not that a presidential candidate is able to lie so easily and repeatedly and seemingly without any reservations. Instead, the surprising part is that someone within the media is actually willing to say that. The reason Mr. Romney feels so comfortable with lying repeatedly is that no one on ABC, CBS, or Fox will ever call him on it. And the fact that someone on MSNBC says that he is lying probably only helps his candidacy.