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Tuesday should be considered one of the most important days yet in the battle over the ACA, or “Obamacare.” As progressives have watched in disgust as one lie after another is put forth by the GOP, only to be repeated by the lazy media without confirmation, or fact checking. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd even said that it was not his job to point out the GOP lies about Obamacare.

On Tuesday, as the GOP was unfurling its latest Obamacare lie, that the CBO estimates Obamacare will cost the economy 2.5 million jobs, some so-called journalists accepted their bogus story. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank was a prime example of a lazy reporter just buying in to GOP’s lie with this completely discredited column.

But then something changed. The Los Angeles Times Michael Hiltzik, who has been a leader in debunking Omabacare lies, quickly wrote a story exposing exactly what the CBO really said, and how the GOP was lying. And while the electronic ink was drying on Milbank’s story, and a lie-filled pile of crap penned by Jennifer Rubin, the Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler, had already debanked the GOP lie about CBO report. Remember, Kessler has in the past himself lied about Obamacare provisions.

Even CNN debunked the GOP lie by telling the truth about what the CBO report actually said. For once, at least some of the mainstream media did a bit of journalism and easily rebuked the GOP lie.

The two major points we can draw from Tuesday are these:

1.  It is easier now to identify which journalists actually do their job, search for the truth and report it honestly, versus those like Chuck Todd and Dana Milbank, who are either lazy, stupid, or biased against the President. Or all three. Not only did Todd and Milbank not refute the lie, they reported it as truth.

Retired NBC Nightly News producer Sandy Goodman, at the Huff Post said this of the unscrupulous Milbank:

The worst offender I saw in the press was the Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. I found him terribly hypocritical because he offered two almost completely contrasting takes on the CBO report on successive days, without ever admitting he'd done so.

Then later added:

I wish Milbank would make up his mind. He gets my vote as hypocrite of the month.

So now it’s easier to know which reporters tell the truth (Michael Hiltzik), and Which lie, (Milbank and Todd.)

2.  The GOP & conservatives are either stupid, or liars. There is no question about it now. Only one of two conclusions can be drawn, either they are too stupid to understand what the CBO report said, or they did understand it and choose to lie about it.


So which is it GOP, are you just stupid, or just liars.

It is impossible to draw any other conclusion from Tuesday.

Originally posted to Politics and A Beer on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:03 AM PST.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.


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