Saturday, September 13, 2008

McCain-Palin lie about crowd sizes and about Palin's "visit to Iraq".

It really does seem as if lying comes as easily to the McCain campaign team as breathing.

They've been boasting about the huge crowds which have been flocking to them since they put Palin on the ticket.

The only problem is that journalists attending the events don't witness anything like the numbers which the McCain team are claiming. For example, at a recent rally in Fairfax City, Virginia, the McCain team claimed that some 23,000 people attended but Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher estimated the crowd to be a mere 8,000.

McCain aide, Kimmie Lipscomb, said that the 23,000 figure they were claiming came from an estimate by a Fire Marshal. The only problem with that claim is that the Fire Marshal says his office gave no such estimate and doesn't even monitor the size of crowds at such events.

Fairfax City Fire Marshal Andrew Wilson said his office did not supply that number to the campaign and could not confirm it. Wilson, in an interview, said the fire department does not monitor attendance at outdoor events.
But the Fairfax City Fire Marshal isn't the only person or department which the McCain team have falsely claimed verified their dubious numbers; they have even lied and claimed that the Secret Service provided some of the figures on attendance at events since Palin's inclusion on the ticket.

The Secret Service disagree:
"We didn't provide any numbers to the campaign,'' said Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service. Wiley said he would not "confirm or dispute'' the numbers the McCain campaign has given to reporters.
I really can't think of another campaign in my lifetime where one side put so little store by the truth.

Their adverts have been verified by independent groups as "distorting quotes" and being "misleading". Now it appears we have to suspect that they are not even telling us the truth about how many people are coming out to see them.

It also now turns out that Palin's never been to Iraq as the McCain camp previously claimed:
Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin are scrambling to explain details of her only trip outside North America -- which, according to a new report, did not include Iraq, as the McCain-Palin campaign had initially claimed.

Palin made an official visit to see Alaskan troops in Kuwait in July of 2007. There, she made a stop at a border crossing with Iraq, but did not actually visit the country, according to
a new report in the Boston Globe.

Earlier, McCain aides had said that Palin visited Iraq, and expressed indignation at questions about her slim foreign travel.


Obama aides described the new revisions to Palin's account as part of a growing pattern of deception. "The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it. They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border.
Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?" Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor asked in a statement e-mailed to reporters.
I'm certainly beginning to wonder that myself.


That's the only way to describe such people. Every time you dig into anything they claim it turns out either not to be true or to be misconstrued. How can anyone with half a brain trust such people? I'm going to have to start compiling list of how often these buggers tell bare faced lies.

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