Keller @ Large: Is It OK To Lie About A Political Adversary?

August 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Is It OK To Lie About A Political Adversary?
" BOSTON (CBS) – If you even remotely enjoy what you read here every day, I think you will really get a kick out of the website Politifact , the Pulitzer-prize winning fact-checking service of the Tampa Bay Times.

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The nonpartisan reporters and researchers at Politifact take prominent public statements by political figures and run them through a truth test, with results ranging from true to mostly true to mostly false to my personal favorite, and a frequently-applied rating: “pants on fire,” which means, in essence, it’s a flat-out, knowingly-uttered lie with no redeeming value.

Politifact’s latest “pants on fire” award goes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who, according to the New York Times, has a “history of intemperate, borderline adolescent remarks.”

In recent days Reid has been peddling a story that an alleged “source” close to Mitt Romney told him Romney “didn’t pay any taxes for ten years,” an apparent attempt to enhance whatever political damage has been caused by Romney’s refusal to release more than a few years worth of tax returns "

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