Thursday, January 25, 2007

St. John McCain - Patron Saint of Liars

Greg Sargent reports that McCain has been lying again ( remember: 15% for or against, don't you?).
John McCain went on CNN yesterday and made the rather startling assertion that a majority of Americans supported President Bush's escalation plan right after he unveiled in his speech the other night:
MILES O'BRIEN: But can the war be sustained without support from the people, without bipartisan support here?

MCCAIN: We have to show the American people a path to success. Joe Lieberman would never have been re-elected in Connecticut supporting the war if it was as simple as some of my Democratic friends portray it.

Overnight ratings, I understand, were slightly in favor of supporting the president's proposal. We've got to sell it and it's got to be done, and we've got to explain better the consequences of failure, which is chaos in the region.

Will the falsehoods ever stop with this guy?

Bush delivered his escalation speech on January 10. Here are three polls released or taken the very next day. They all showed that large majorities opposed Bush's plan:

The Washington Post, released on January 11:

The findings of the survey, conducted after Bush's primetime speech, represent an initial rebuke to the White House goal of generating additional public support for the mission in Iraq. The poll found that 61 percent of Americans oppose sending more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, with 52 percent saying they strongly oppose the plan. Just 36 percent said they back the president's new proposal.

CBS, released on January 11:

Do you favor or oppose sending more troops to Iraq? Favor 31%; Oppose 63%.

CNN, taken on January 11:

Regardless of how you feel about the war in general, do you favor or oppose President Bush's plan to send about 20,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq in an attempt to stabilize the situation there? Favor 32%; Oppose 66%

Needless to say, even though CNN's own poll showed McCain's assertion to be completely false, CNN's Miles O'Brien didn't challenge or rebut his guest. Incidentally, this was actually a kind of compound falsehood. McCain's assertion about the significance of the Connecticut Senate race has already been thoroughly debunked, too.

Please challenge the falsehoods. Please challenge the falsehoods. Please challenge the falsehoods.

It's really, really, really, important.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Lynnea said...

Good for people to know.

7:28 AM  

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