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Stealth PAC Serves Romney in Iowa

Observers credit a spate of attack ads for Newt Gingrich’s recent tumble—and Mitt Romney’s rise—in Iowa polls ahead of the state’s Republican caucus. But where did they come from? Not Romney’s campaign, but rather a PAC staffed by former Romney insiders and empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling to spend as much as it likes to destroy his opponents.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Right-Wing Hitman Andrew Breitbart Targets Union-Friendly Professors

Andrew Breitbart, founder and publisher of America’s premier right-wing smear outfit, BigGovernment.com, has released yet another candid cam hatchet job, this one supposedly showing two professors at the University of Missouri instructing students on how to use violence to further the goals of the labor movement.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE


The New McCarthyism

When Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and their media friends slander Justice Department attorneys as the “al-Qaida 7” and malign the “Department of Jihad,” they are engaging in the smear tactics that became synonymous with Joseph McCarthy.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


Liz Cheney’s Shameless Smear

The former vice president’s ambitious daughter has in her hand a list of nine Justice Department lawyers whose “values” she has the gall to question. She ought to spend the time examining her own principles, if she can find them.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


Is the History Channel Smearing the Kennedys?

Is the conservative creator of torture-evangelist “24” really the right person to helm a miniseries about the Kennedys? On the basis of a draft of the script, some scholars say “no.” Above is one of those scholars, Theodore C. Sorensen, an adviser to President John F. Kennedy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE


In a Wing-Nut World, Granny’s Toast

The screwball industry has ratcheted up from accusing Obama of killing his grandma to accusing him of trying to kill your grandma.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


What Are the Birthers Really After?

Why this obsession over Obama’s birthplace persists is a question that evokes disturbing answers.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE



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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

On this Tuesday, the 48th anniversary of your birth, we thought we’d remind you that you were born in Honolulu, which is in the United States of America, no matter what those pesky “birthers” have to say about it. Here’s a copy of your birth certificate, in case you need one.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE



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The Nut Job as Political Force

If there’s been a more clinically insane political phenomenon in my lifetime than the “birthers,” I’ve missed it. Is this what our national discourse has come to? Sheer paranoid fantasy?

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Still Trying to Clear Nixon’s Name

Two Truthdig contributors are under siege by an “independent historian” and The New York Times. If that sounds preposterous, just wait until you see what made it onto the front page. Last Sunday, the paper of record cited an unpublished article contending that historian Stanley Kutler deliberately altered transcripts of Nixon’s secret tapes in order to protect John Dean.

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


McCain Insiders Paint a Not-So-Pretty Picture of Palin

On Wednesday, Fox News’ Carl Cameron kicked off a round of Republican in-fighting that had snowballed considerably by Wednesday, thanks to reports from unnamed McCain campaign informants about Sarah Palin’s alleged “diva”-like behavior.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert on Obama the Socialist

Stephen Colbert has figured out John McCain’s new campaign strategy of trying to paint his rival as a socialist: “Clearly the McCain campaign is targeting its most important voter: Joe the McCarthy.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



An ‘Emergency Effort to Stop Barack Obama’

Every election season, some independent groups sizzle with controversy and impact, and others fizzle. We couldn’t tell at first, but the National Republican Trust PAC appears to be of the sizzling variety.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama ‘Madrassa’ Rumor-Monger Wanted to ‘Exterminate Jew Power in America’

So, everyone has a relative, or perhaps a neighbor, who has spread warnings in hushed tones about Barack Obama’s years of secret indoctrination at a Muslim madrassa (gasp!) in Indonesia—as though affiliating with a Muslim community of any description is cause for concern—a rumor that has been disproved many times. Here’s a fun look into the origin of the chain e-mail that started that particular smear.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Turns the Tables on Palin

If guilt-by-association is a game Sarah Palin wants to play, Keith Olbermann is more than happy to go head-to-head. Rev. Muthee, the witch vanquisher, anyone? How about secessionist Joe Vogler?

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Boyarsky on McCain’s Low Blows

Truthdig’s chief political correspondent weighs in on the week in politics. From “pallin’ around with terrorists” to Tuesday’s debate, Team McCain is “going for the gut,” but will it work?

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Sticks With Terrorist Claim Despite Media Criticism

“Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist,” says McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. The AP called similar remarks by running mate Sarah Palin “racially tinged” and Time said the claim was “simply wrong,” but the McCain campaign shows no signs of backing down from its new strategy.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Camp Assails Book-Banning Report as a ‘Smear’

Team McCain has rejected the “vicious smear” that as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin wanted to ban books from the local library, but the campaign’s 1,615-word memo on the subject indirectly supports the accusation. As Palin’s mayoral predecessor recalls, “She asked the library how she could go about banning books.” According to the Anchorage Daily News, she also fired the library director “without warning” for “not fully supporting her efforts to govern.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Anatomy of an Attack Ad

The Center for Investigative Reporting has traced the origins of a mysterious attack ad that made headlines earlier in the campaign with its portrayal of Barack Obama as an anti-Christian Muslim who refuses to pledge allegiance. It turns out that the nonsense was assembled by a hypnotherapist, a wedding videographer and a felon on the run, showing “the outsize influence that a hodgepodge collection of political amateurs can have in a national election—in this case, by accident.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Original Swift-Boater Is Back

Here come the goons, right on schedule. The “author,” and I use the term loosely, whose vicious lies damaged John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign has crawled back out from under his rock to spew vicious lies about Barack Obama.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Tough Sell

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Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Osama and Hitlery Clinton

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Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani and Wife Dump on Hillary

As if he’s already secured the nomination, Rudy Giuliani has begun to focus his vitriol on the other party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton: “I don’t know Hillary’s experience. She’s never run a city.” It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had an ex-mayor occupying the Oval Office.  Maybe Giuliani is on to something here. There just has to be some parallel between being a mayor and the leader of the world’s only superpower.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Smear Confusion

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Posted on Oct 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Limbaugh: Virginia Tech Shooter Was a Liberal

Keith Olbermann handed “comedian” Rush Limbaugh the “worst person in the world” award Friday for claiming that the Virginia Tech shooter must have been a liberal.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


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