McCain campaign not happy with being called liars. Defends lies with more lies.

John McCain’s campaign people aren’t happy with the fact that journalists are doing their job and pointing out the lies the campaign has been engaging in as of late. So they call a big press conference to complain to journalists about being called liars and attempt to defend the lies with even more lies:

The errors in McCain strategist Steve Schmidt’s charges against Obama and Sen. Joe Biden were particularly notable because they seemed unnecessary. Schmidt repeatedly gilded the lily: He exaggerated the Biden family’s already problematic ties to the credit card industry; Obama’s embarrassing relationship with a 1960s radical; and an Obama supporter’s over-the-top attack on Sarah Palin when — in each case — the truth would have been damaging enough.

“Any time the Obama campaign is criticized at any level, the critics are immediately derided as liars,” Schmidt told reporters.

But as he went on to list a series of stories he thought reporters should be writing about Obama and Biden, in almost every instance he got the details wrong.

[…] Asked about the series of errors, McCain aides could not provide evidence to back up Schmidt’s assertions.

One McCain aide, Michael Goldfarb, said Politico was “quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right.”

If the details are wrong then the claims are wrong, this is no such thing as a ridiculously small detail when you’re smearing someone’s reputation and record or exaggerating your own. Some of those details aren’t all that small either. But here’s a novel approach the campaign might consider: If you want to be known for your “straight talk” then talk straight and get the fucking details right.

Or, in other words, quit lying and people won’t call you a liar.

Now CNN is calling the McCain campaign on all the lying.

It seems the McCain campaign may have pushed their luck a bit far with all the lies they’ve been spreading. The folks at CNN finally woke up and did a five minute segment debunking them:

Perhaps this will all come back to bite them in the ass before too long.

Found over at Crooks and Liars.

John McCain’s lies have gotten so bad even Right-leaning journalists are calling him on it.

I never thought I’d see the day that FOX News would actually challenge John McCain’s campaign over some of the outright lies it’s been spreading in various speeches and campaign ads, but amazingly enough that day has come:

On Fox News today, host Megyn Kelly called out McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds for the campaign’s lies about Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) tax proposals. “I want to hold you accountable for what McCain is doing,” said Kelly. “Has your candidate gone too far, has he stretched the truth with the voters?”

Bounds initially attempted to dismiss her question, claiming that McCain has simply “gone to great lengths to discuss Barack Obama’s record.” “It is true that during a struggling economy, he proposes raising taxes,” declared Bounds.

“Not on the middle class,” shot back Kelly, noting that “virtually every independent analyst” has said that the McCain campaign is lying.

FOX News? Has Hell frozen over? Surely this is a sign of the apocalypse! But they’re not the only ones. Some Conservative pundits are getting in on the act as well. Take, for example, this op-ed piece by Richard Cohen:

I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat, and we will leap into a politician’s lap.

Not so. What impressed me most about McCain was the effect he had on his audiences, particularly young people. When he talked about service to a cause greater than oneself, he struck a chord. He expressed his message in words, but he packaged it in the McCain story—that man, beaten to a pulp, who chose honor over freedom. This had nothing to do with access. It had to do with integrity.

McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir—the person in whose hands he would leave the country—is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.

I’ve openly wondered here before if there was a low so low than a Conservative wouldn’t stoop to it. While it appears the answer is a resounding “no” for the McCain campaign, the same cannot be said for all Conservatives and I can’t tell you how much better than makes me feel. There’s at least some out there that consider their integrity more important than winning, unlike John McCain.

The most damning proof that McCain has gone off the deep end, however, comes from no less than Karl Rove himself:

“McCain has gone in some of his ads—similarly gone one step too far,” he told Fox News, “and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the ‘100 percent truth’ test.”

When Karl Rove is saying, “Whoa dude! That’s some major league bullshit you’re pushing there.” then you know you’ve crossed a major line. As someone much smarter than me pointed out, it appears that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than the election.

935 flat-out lies to justify a war.

That’s what a new report by The Center for Public Integrity says the Bush Administration engaged in to sell the American public on the war in Iraq:

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration’s case for war.

It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to Al Qaeda. This was the conclusion of numerous bipartisan government investigations, including those by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2004 and 2006), the 9/11 Commission, and the multinational Iraq Survey Group, whose “Duelfer Report” established that Saddam Hussein had terminated Iraq’s nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to restart it.

In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003. Not surprisingly, the officials with the most opportunities to make speeches, grant media interviews, and otherwise frame the public debate also made the most false statements, according to this first-ever analysis of the entire body of prewar rhetoric.

If that’s not an impeachable offense then what is? Oh, right, blow jobs are.

Update: Official White House response to the report by Press Secretary Dana Perino? How we sold the war “is not worth spending time on.”

I hardly think that the study is worth spending time on. It is so flawed, in terms of taking anything into context or including — they only looked at members of the administration, rather than looking at members of Congress or people around the world.

Because, as you’ll remember, we were part of a broad coalition of countries that deposed the dictator based on a collective understanding of the intelligence.

In short, it’s not our fault because we weren’t the only ones who believed the lies we were spewing and we had help from other governments in spewing those lies. Someone needs some sense slapped into them.