In the third and final Presidential debate, Romney repeated a lie that has been debunked repeatedly for years by a range of media sources. Romney repeated the lie in the 2nd Presidential debate and was called on it. He repeated the lie during the GOP convention and was called on it. See below for a sampling of the many, many times this lie has been debunked, dating back to the early days of Obama’s Presidency, some in direct response to Romney’s own lying months before the final debate:
Oct 23, 2012 – CNN debunks apology tour lie
Oct 23, 2012 – Bloomberg debunks apology tour lie
Oct 23, 2012 – NPR debunks apology tour lie
Oc 22, 2012 – LA Times debunks apology tour lie
Oct 16, 2012 – Politifact again gives apology tour lie “Pants On Fire” rating
Aug 31, 2012 –Politifact gives apology tour lie “Pants On Fire” rating
Aug 31, 2012 – FactCheck.org debunks apology tour lie
Jan 12, 2012 – Politifact Texas debunks apology tour lie
Feb 2, 2011 – Washington Post Fact Checker gave apology tour lie 4 Pinocchios
Mar 2, 2010 – Politifact debunks apology lie
Lying and repeating misinformation is a common tactic on the right, particularly on Fox News Channel. Minutes after the final debate, I tuned in to Fox to hear some blowhard acclaiming Romney’s performance (paraphrasing): “Romney levied a devastating attack on Obama and his apology tour. Obama was speechless”. Fox must have shown their talking heads a different debate! The debate most Americans saw didn’t show Romney devastating much of anything, but I digress.
To me, regularly repeating a lie that has been exposed so many times over several years is a sign of how petty Romney is and how he will say anything to get elected. No one, not me, not any Republicans or Democrats, can or should count on what Romney says being true. I don’t even think he knows what he believes any more….I hope Americans don’t put their trust in a guy who has been so thoroughly exposed as a chronic fibber and flip-flopper.