By basically every criteria imaginable the American people just seem to think President Obama is a better person than Mitt Romney. Not only has polling found that Obama is significantly more likeable than Romney, but also people think Obama is more honest, caring and a stronger leader.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 30, 2012 6:35 am|
We live in a time when the media literally thinks it’s a separate job to separate true from false in reporting on national political figures. They think their main job is theater criticism.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 17, 2012 12:00 pm|
Paul Ryan, like all House Republicans, voted against the stimulus package. Then Paul Ryan, like a bunch of House Republicans, wrote letters to federal agencies requesting stimulus funds for his district. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this – if there’s money on the table, you’re not doing your job as a legislator unless you try to grab some of it – but it does smack of hypocrisy. That’s especially true if you deny writing the letters and then get presented with them
|By: James Fallows Sunday June 17, 2012 1:59 pm|
Liars & Outliers explores some of the deeper principles on which social health depends. The subtitle of the book conveys the main theme: “Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive.” It is a systematic assessment of the conditions that allow people to assume the best rather than the worst from the others they encounter during the day.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 12, 2010 4:20 pm|
A truly disturbing study from researchers at my alma mater, the University of Michigan, reveals that political partisans reacted to facts that contradicted their worldview by clinging closer to their worldview.
|By: David Dayen Saturday June 5, 2010 3:45 pm|
Generally, I think Americans are pretty forgiving, perhaps to a fault, and one misstatement of fact among many will not necessarily sway their opinion of a politician. But a consistent record of exaggerations, misstatements and outright lies can take their toll, and a tipping point hits, where the individual basically turns into an untrustworthy buffoon. This was used expertly by the conservative noise machine against Al Gore, with an ebullient media playing along, even though the so-called “exaggerations” weren’t actually exaggerations at all (see: everything Bob Somerby’s ever written).