Karl Rove Embodies Post-Truth Politics (And Journalism)

Karl Rove Embodies Post-Truth Politics (And Journalism)

Media Matters, October 11, 2012

In the Journal, Rove claimed that

...alleging that Mr. Romney is a serial deceiver -- as the president and top advisers are doing -- is a hard sell. Mr. Romney came across last week as practical and thoughtful, authentic and a straight shooter....

It's not a surprise that Rove would join his colleagues in the right-wing media in trying to deflect attention from the many falsehoods Romney uttered in the debate and elsewhere. After all, conservative political figures have fully embraced a post-truth political landscape. But it takes particular nerve for Rove to suggest that Democrats should ignore falsehoods lobbed at them by Republicans.

One of the groups Rove co-founded, Crossroads GPS, has put out 10 ads that the independent fact-checker PolitiFact has rated false, mostly false, or pants-on-fire false. By contrast, PolitiFact has rated only three of the Crossroads GPS ads as true or mostly true.

Among Crossroads GPS' false charges: a claim that under the Affordable Care Act,

...millions could lose their health care coverage and be forced into a government pool; a claim that the health care law raised "18 different taxes" on people making less than $250,000; and a claim that unions don't have to comply with the Affordable Care Act, a claim that PolitiFact rated "pants on fire" false....

Another group Rove co-founded, American Crossroads, has not fared any better. PolitiFact has rated nine American Crossroads ads false or mostly false. It has not rated a single one true or mostly true.

Among American Crossroads' false charges: a claim that 85 percent of recent college graduates are moving back in with their parents; a claim that Bill Clinton opposes Obama's  "Buffet Rule" to ensure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share in taxes; and a claim that Obama broke his promise about the effect that his stimulus plan would have on the unemployment rate.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/10/11/karl-rove-embodies-post-truth-politics-and-jour/190548

No wonder Rove doesn't want anyone calling out conservatives' false claims.

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