In politics, the liars pretty much always win (typical news story: “Democrats say X, Republicans say Y” without mentioning that X is much more true than Y), thus the Republicans have hit upon a smart strategy for selling their budget plans. Here’s Cohn:
It’s becoming pretty clear how Republicans plan to defend their budget. They’re going to lie about it…
Here’s what Rubio said:
The Ryan plan doesn’t cut Medicare. Actually, it increases funding in it. And the only people in this town that have voted to cut Medicare are the people that supported Obamacare, that cut half a trillion dollars over the next 10 years out of Medicare and is using it to fund a healthcare experiment somewhere outside of Medicare. The only people in this town that have voted to cut Medicare spending are the people who voted in favor of Obamacare. That’s a fact. And so the truth is the people.
Sigh. This is pretty much the opposite of the truth.
If you want to know why, Cohn really lays it all out. Otherwise, just take my (and Cohn’s word for it). And, there’s every reason to believe they’ll get away with it. Here’s what I wrote about lying before:
From what I’ve seen, the secret is to lie all you want, but just stop any particular lie when the media calls you out on it. McCain’s problem was that he kept on lying so egregiously and pervasively about Palin’s reformer credentials (e.g., the Bridge to Nowhere) well after several media sources debunked this. That basically pissed off the media.
When it comes to a fairly complicated and very policy-oriented issue, it’s safe to say most journalists will just throw up their hands and say, “that’s policy,” or “that’s too complicated” rather than do something like read Cohn’s blog and try to understand the issue. That means, the burden is on Democrats, then, to loudly and pervasively call Republicans out on this. Only then is there any hope of pushing back against the lie. Even then, there’s still a good chance you just get left with “he said, she said” journalism that doesn’t get at the truth for the public.