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  • Same reason pointing out a sexual predator or a serial killer doesn't stop their compulsions.
  • Because psychopaths don't listen to reason?
  • "To judge credibility, the fact-checkers must be regarded as credible judges. But each time they are pulled into a scuffle with politicians, they can look more like political actors to the public - an assumption that especially benefits those politicians who lie with the greatest abandon."

    Brilliant. So just lie more.
  • We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by reality-checkers
  • Dead for Tax Reasons: We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by reality-checkers


    I can easily see them thinking and saying that in campaign strategy sessions. But it takes a unique type of stupid (or testicles) to say that to the press.
  • Liberals only care about facts. So if a Conservative Politician lies, that is expected and the Liberals won't vote for them anyways. Conservative voters on the other hand think that everything a Liberal politician does is lie regardless of the facts.

    So you have the conditions where it doesn't matter if politicians tell the truth.
  • Diogenes: "To judge credibility, the fact-checkers must be regarded as credible judges. But each time they are pulled into a scuffle with politicians, they can look more like political actors to the public - an assumption that especially benefits those politicians who lie with the greatest abandon."

    Brilliant. So just lie more.


    Sure, that's why half the country thinks real news media is in a conspiracy against them and only Fox can be trusted.
  • vpb: Diogenes: "To judge credibility, the fact-checkers must be regarded as credible judges. But each time they are pulled into a scuffle with politicians, they can look more like political actors to the public - an assumption that especially benefits those politicians who lie with the greatest abandon."

    Brilliant. So just lie more.

    Sure, that's why half the country thinks real news media is in a conspiracy against them and only Fox can be trusted.


    Why is the liberal media calling the GOP liars more than Dems? They must be in the bag for the democrats, it can't possibly be that the GOP lies more, because both sides are bad.
  • EvilEgg: vpb: Diogenes: "To judge credibility, the fact-checkers must be regarded as credible judges. But each time they are pulled into a scuffle with politicians, they can look more like political actors to the public - an assumption that especially benefits those politicians who lie with the greatest abandon."

    Brilliant. So just lie more.

    Sure, that's why half the country thinks real news media is in a conspiracy against them and only Fox can be trusted.

    Why is the liberal media calling the GOP liars more than Dems? They must be in the bag for the democrats, it can't possibly be that the GOP lies more, because both sides are bad.


    Cognitive dissonance will ultimately reach critical mass, and their beliefs will become the only reality by subsuming the actual one.
  • fta "Our mission is to inform readers, not change the behavior of politicians,"
  • When 'news' organizations happily turn around at 4pm and start actively echoing, and promoting, the lies and obfuscations and more... well, why would they stop?
  • Because People in power are Stupid: Liberals only care about facts. So if a Conservative Politician lies, that is expected and the Liberals won't vote for them anyways. Conservative voters on the other hand think that everything a Liberal politician does is lie regardless of the facts.

    So you have the conditions where it doesn't matter if politicians tell the truth.


    Reminds me of that door riddle which I always forget the answer to.
  • ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Same reason pointing out a sexual predator or a serial killer doesn't stop their compulsions.


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    Done. For those who can't figure it out, here is a clue: They are sociopaths.
  • There are no repercussions. If you call out a politician for lying, their followers either shrug it off or scream at you for being part of the liberal media.
  • A big reason why politicians get away with it all the time is because our "news media" does such a crappy job of speaking truth to stupid.
  • Because their phone never rings or they are never mobbed while leaving their office by concerned citizens like me, you, and our friends/family. We are fat cats who are fine with everything provided Dancing With the Stars and Monday Night Football are not interrupted.

    If I were a politician, it would take me a month to be a crooked maniac because I'd do a favor for a friend and nobody would ever call me on my bullshiat. And then I'd step it up.
  • Consequences, or lack thereof.

    It'd be nice to see the torches and pitchforks come out now and again to remind everyone of what can happen.
  • No repercussions, duh.

    Perhaps if somebody ever received negative feedback for lying in pursuit of public office. Prison time, soap mouths, and cockpunches come to mind.
  • Both sides have opinions that are equally valid. If one side says 1+1=2 and the other says 1+1=4, well, darn it, the truth is that 1+1=3. If you say anything other than that you are a shameless partisan tool and can't be trusted as a fact checker and we will defund your little radio station.
  • How about shock collars?
  • Fact checking won't work because political "groupies" care more about slamming the candidate they are against than anything else in the world. Period.

    It's part of what's broken about politics today: You can't have (don't want?) a debate on ideas or qualifications - you just want to say "Don't vote for the other guy - he sucks!"
  • NutWrench: A big reason why politicians get away with it all the time is because our "news media" does such a crappy job of speaking truth to stupid.


    No need for 'stupid', the mainstream press did an atrocious job of investigative journalism. Today's press see their role as reporting on the controversy around falsehoods instead of directly confirming or investigating statements. From the perspective of process they're little better than TMZ. My smartphone is a better source of direct information.
  • This just in: people don't (always) make rational decisions, even when their irrationality is pointed out to them.
  • I don't know either, but it seems to have stopped the voters from voting Republican.
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