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October 31, 2010 5:35 pm ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 31, 2010

Republicans' appearances on the Sunday shows this Halloween were as predictable as any mediocre horror movie, with the lone "twist" coming from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on ABC's This Week. Cornyn lied about President Obama's stump speech, claiming that Obama wants to make Republicans "sit in the back of the bus." That's a Glenn Beck-inspired race-baiting twist on Obama's months-old metaphor about Republicans wanting the keys to the car after they drove it into a ditch, and Cornyn should know better. Meanwhile on CNN, Michael Steele pretended that Republicans are principled deficit hawks, despite turning surpluses into trillions in debt under President Bush. On Face the Nation, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty claimed that higher taxes on the wealthy would neuter the nascent economic recovery despite overwhelming evidence that the rich don't spend more when we give them tax breaks. Most predictable of all, Sarah Palin told Fox News Sunday viewers three different lies about taxes in just a few short paragraphs.

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May 24, 2010 10:21 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 23, 2010

On Sunday, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul's position on civil rights legislation dominated the political shows despite Paul's decision to bail on Meet the Press. Sarah Palin pushed the false notion that Paul was tricked by journalists, and Sen. John Cornyn downplayed the whole affair as a "stumble." But in reality Paul has consistently stated a sincere, controversial position. Elsewhere, Palin and Michael Steele leveled false attacks at the Obama administration's response to the oil spill in the gulf. The GOP leaders each charged that the government response has been slow. The fact is that the administration was involved from the morning after the explosion.

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March 22, 2010 10:58 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 21, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Reps. John Boehner and Paul Ryan, Sen. John Cornyn, and RNC Chairman Michael Steele repeated worn out obstructionist talking points. Despite the GOP's slanderous attempts to derail health care reform, the bill will stop insurance company abuses, cut the deficit, create jobs, and provide millions of Americans with affordable health care coverage.

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January 11, 2010 9:40 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows

On yesterday's political talk shows, America bore witness to the predictable screed of worn-out falsehoods from Washington conservatives.  Below is Media Matters Action Network's introductory fact check of conservative political figures that appeared on the Sunday shows.

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January 05, 2010 3:01 pm ET

In Right Now, Michael Steele Repeats Debunked Cost Estimates For Clean Energy Legislation

In his new book Right Now, Michael Steele cited a cap-and-trade cost estimate snatched from a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute.  The documents included a cost-estimate of an out-dated, abandoned cap-and-trade plan that immediately auctioned 100% of carbon allowances.  The American Clean Energy and Security Act does not do this.  In order to contain costs, the bill initially awards allowances for free, rendering CEI's revelation meaningless.

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December 18, 2009 3:47 pm ET

Michael Steele Blatantly Lies, Says Health Care Bill Would Cost $1 Trillion PER YEAR

On December 18, 2009, the blog Right Wing News published an interview with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.  During the interview, Steele made the outrageous claim that health care reform is "going to cost us over a trillion dollars a year to do it." In reality, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the Senate bill would cost $848 billion over 10 years, while lowering the deficit by $130 billion.

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October 28, 2009 1:27 pm ET

RNC Feigns Outrage Over Benign Meetings With Supporters

Responding to a Washington Times report on White House visits for Democratic donors, the RNC feigned outrage in a statement saying "the seriousness of this issue requires an immediate investigation." Yet the same Times article mentions that the same was done by President Bush and Michael Steele himself admitted, "well it's part of what happens, you know, you reward those, your supporters who have been a part of helping you achieve success in winning the election."

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September 01, 2009 3:48 pm ET

RNC Repeats Distortions In New Health Care Ad

Today, the Republican National Committee released a new ad in support of its so-called "Seniors' Bill of Right." The ad features RNC Chairman Michael Steele repeating many of the same falsehoods he propagated in his Washington Post column last week, when the RNC first rolled out the "Seniors' Bill of Rights." As one might expect, Steele's claims are equally disingenuous one week later.

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August 26, 2009 12:12 pm ET

New RNC "Research" Conducts An Experiment On The Public's Tolerance For Misleading Information

On August 25, 2009, the RNC released a new "research" document titled "Obama's Experiment On...Seniors With Medicare."  In reality, the RNC is conducting an experiment on how many misleading "research" points they can slip past the American public.

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August 24, 2009 10:51 am ET

RNC Chairman Steele's Op-Ed Attempts To Distract Seniors From The Truth

On August 24, 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post regarding seniors' health care and outlining the GOP's "Seniors Health Care Bill of Rights."  However, instead of offering real solutions or finally agreeing to cooperate with Democrats, Steele's piece spreads falsehoods and misinformation with the goal of derailing efforts to help America's senior citizens.

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August 06, 2009 5:24 pm ET

Michael Steele's Op-Ed Is Missing The Facts

On August 6, 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele wrote an op-ed on CNN.com titled "Obama's first 200 days a reckless experiment."  However, his many complaints about President Obama's time in office can be easily countered by basic facts.

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July 20, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Chairman Steele Follows Instructions To A Tee

In his July 20, 2009 speech to the National Press Club, RNC Chairman Michael Steele had some interesting things to say about the ongoing effort to reform health care.  His comments were interesting because they were based, almost word for word, upon a newly released GOP health care messaging document.

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June 30, 2009 10:11 am ET

RNC Chairman Steele Is Confused About The State Of Health Care In The U.S.

During a June 30, 2009 interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Michael Steele falsely stated that cost is the only aspect of health care that needs reform.  He is evidently unaware of the American citizens who are denied health care coverage and who experience poor care every single day.

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June 16, 2009 4:07 pm ET

New RNC Video Misrepresents Health Care Reform

On June 15, 2009, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a new web video titled "Government Run Health Care." After the opening segment, which fantasizes about the challenges of getting health care services from an automated answering machine, the video blatantly misrepresents President Obama's vision for health care reform.

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June 05, 2009 5:26 pm ET

Michael Steele: Wrong On Unemployment Numbers

On June 5, 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele cited new unemployment numbers as evidence that President Obama's stimulus package isn't working. However, job losses in May were lower than expected for the third consecutive month, which is an encouraging sign that the economy is starting to turn around.

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June 02, 2009 10:55 am ET

Michael Steele Echos Conservatives' Double Standard On Empathy

In a June 2, 2009 op-ed in Politico, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele wrote, "'empathy' has no place in a court room, especially the Supreme Court." Yet two of the prominent conservative icons on the Supreme Court, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, have also expressed the importance of being empathetic on the bench.

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May 29, 2009 1:43 pm ET

Michael Steele vs. Michael Steele: Judge Sotomayor

In his latest off-message outburst, RNC Chairman Michael Steele broke his own guidelines for the review of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  Additionally, Steele is scrambling to criticize President Obama and Judge Sotomayor for views also held by prominent Republicans.

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May 18, 2009 9:44 pm ET

More Cap-and-Trade Myths from RNC Chairman Michael Steele

On May 18, 2009, Michael Steele sent a fundraising email to the Republican National Committee list in which he continued to pedal the myth that cap-and-trade legislation will cost $3,100 per family.

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May 14, 2009 11:40 am ET

RNC Suggests Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Was Obama's "Payback" For Union Support

On May 13, 2009, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a "research" document titled "It's 'Payback' Time," examining the Obama administration's relationship with labor organizations.  The document falsely claims that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which addresses pay discrimination on the basis of gender, was a favor for unions.

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May 01, 2009 4:13 pm ET

A Tea Partier's Tale

Earlier this week, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe told a tale of tea party triumph in an article for the libertarian magazine Reason.  According to Kibbe, the protests - which drew a meager 700,000 people nationwide by his own count - are a reason to "take pity on the left as it grapples with the tea party revolt." But no matter how badly Kibbe wants to believe the American people are on his side, his "facts" just aren't right.

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April 23, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Twisted Steele: More Anti-Worker Distortions

On April 22, 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele released a statement decrying President Obama's pro-worker policies.  Without explanation, Steele claimed that Obama and the Democrats "are making it clear" that they aren't on the side of working Americans.  But, like so many times in the past, Steele has his facts twisted: It's the Republicans who oppose policies that are good for workers and good for the economy.

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