MSNBC WATCH: Lyin' Queen Rachel Maddow disputes PolitiFact and lies again

Liberals lie, Rush Limbaugh has often said. Is it genetic?

This was the final segment (12.32 minutes long!) on Thursday’s The Rachel Maddow Show:

Rachel Maddow discusses the show’s policy of correcting errors and demonstrates why she is owed one from PolitiFact.com.

“We also make a regular practice on this show of running corrections. We say something on the air–I say something on the air–that turns out not to have been true, an inadvertent mistake or an editing error or just wrong information or a false interpretation, we correct it!”

Not all the time, Rachel. And who could forget that last correction, when you quoted the spoof website ChristWire.com? You spent almost all the time attacking Fox News and Glenn Beck, and then made a half-hearted “apology” briefly at the end.

Who can forget when you accused a Republican Congressman of withholding evidence in advance of the Oklahoma City attack, then claimed it was an “editing error,” then thanked the “conservative bloggers!” (arms flapping) who demanded that you tell the truth.

Maddow opens with Kansans For Life, who claimed she got stuff wrong. She also said that John Boehner’s office wrote to her and claimed that she got stuff wrong.

“The right wing, for example, got very excited when a St. Petersburg Times project called PolitiFact called a piece of our reporting on the Wisconsin crisis ‘false.'”

Time for the Maddow flapping of arms to make fun of her critics.


Rachel, are you in third grade?

She rolled the tape that had her saying: “There is, in fact, a $137 million budget shortfall.”

Maddow played the tape again: “There is, in fact, a $137 million budget shortfall.”

She’s right! Rachel Maddow is always right! Don’t anyone ever doubt her!

Let’s run the tape a third time:

“There is, in fact, a $137 million budget shortfall.”

Oh, PolitiFact! Where oh where could you have gotten the opinion to think otherwise?

A little drama queen with the hands, and then, “What is true, really? We have ‘fact’ in our name!”

“This particular burst of anger is a purely right-wing Internet phenomenon…You have probably seen this retweeted as ‘Rachel Maddow is wrong and she looks like a man!’ Favorite: ‘Rachel Maddow is wrong and also gay.’ Just because you don’t like the way it sounds when I say it or because you don’t like my haircut or you don’t like that I’m gay, that does not mean that what we say is not true.”

The stuff you say if very often not true. I don’t give a damn if you’re gay.

“Calling somebody a liar when they are not lying is not the same as fact-checking. That is just bullpucky, too.”


So where did PolitiFact get the idea that Rachel Maddow said that there’s a surplus in Wisconsin? From her own words. The NewsBusters’ story, with a transcript:

Rachel Maddow Exposed for Lying About Wisconsin Having Budget Surplus
By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 15:33
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow began her show Thursday claiming, “Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.”

On Friday, the website Politifact exposed Maddow’s assertion as 100 percent false (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: I’m here to report that there is nothing wrong in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is fine. Wisconsin is great, actually. Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.

Does Rachel Maddow tell her listeners about this, even once, and try to explain it away? Of course not. So let’s underscore it three times with how she led her show:

“Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.”
“Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.”
“Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.”

Let’s continue:

RACHEL MADDOW: I am not kidding. I’m quoting their own version of the Congressional Budget Office, the state’s own nonpartisan “assess the state’s finances” agency. That agency said the month that the new Republican governor of Wisconsin was sworn in, last month, that the state was on track to have a $120 million budget surplus this year.

So, then why exactly does Wisconsin look like this right now?


MADDOW: Why is there a revolt in the American Midwest tonight? Why are we in day three of massive, massive protests — real upheaval in Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison? Why are we seeing what was described today by my friend John Nichols, a seventh-generation Wisconsinite, as perhaps the biggest protests that have been seen in that state since Vietnam? Why is this — look at this — why is this happening?

As the state’s own finances show, it is not happening because people who work for the state are the cause of some horrible budget crisis. It’s not because teachers are lazy and rich. It’s not because greedy snowplow drivers have bankrupted the state somehow.

The state is not bankrupt. Even though the state had started the year on track to have a budget surplus — now, there is, in fact, a $137 million budget shortfall. Republican Governor Scott Walker, coincidentally, has given away $140 million worth of business tax breaks since he came into office.

Hey, wait. That’s about exactly the size of the shortfall.

What is happening in Wisconsin right now has absolutely nothing to do with public workers. The headline here, the way this keeps getting shorthanded, is workers angry after state is forced by budget crisis to crack down.

That’s not what’s going on. The state is not being forced to crack down. A lot of states do have budget crises right now, but heading into this year, Wisconsin was not one of them.

Rachel Maddow will never tell you that public workers in Wisconsin have an annual wage and benefit package worth $89,500, whil private sector workers make $61,000. She will never tell you that the numbers are projected to get worse every single year, as more teachers retire to free government benefits. Rachel Maddow will only tell you that public pensions and benefits are not a budget problem. And that’s true because–Rachel Maddow says it!

More Newsbusters, pointing out another Maddow lie in the segment:

So, contrary to what Maddow and many in the media including on MSNBC have been claiming, Wisconsin does indeed have a budget deficit.

And what about that tax cut Maddow and others in the press have been focusing so much attention on? Well, they’ve been misrepresenting that as well:

The tax cuts will cost the state a projected $140 million in tax revenue — but not until the next two-year budget, from July 2011 to June 2013. The cuts are not even in effect yet, so they cannot be part of the current problem.

But Maddow wasn’t alone in presenting this lie. Her colleague Ed Schultz did it Friday evening:

Governor Scott Walker wants you to believe that the only way he can solve his made-up budget crisis is by taking away union rights. He says if he raises taxes on the wealthy, jobs will die and businesses will leave Wisconsin. That, my friends, is an old, outright lie.

And here’s the proof. The previous governor, Democrat Jim Doyle, was handed a $3.2 billion deficit when he took office. But he passed a budget that left the state poised for a surplus this year.

Maybe Politifact should bust him as well.

From The Maddow Blog:

TRMS correspondence with Politifact
By Will Femia – Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:48 PM EST.Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 1:11 PM
Subject: Correction requested re: The Rachel Maddow Show

February 21, 2011

Dear Mr. Umhoefer and Mr. Borowski:

I’m writing to request that you make a correction to your Truth-O-Meter post of Thursday, February 17th, 2011.
The point of that whole introduction to the show is that the budget isn’t the real issue. That’s why Maddow says, “What’s happening in Wisconsin right now is not about a budget.” The point of the segment is not to correct the governor’s math because it’s not about the budget. She’s not trying to find blame for the budget shortfall because –- again — it’s not about the budget. Maddow’s argument is that one way we know it’s not about the budget is that the governor was willing to give away roughly the same amount as this year’s possible shortfall.

The point is that it’s not about the budget, even though there’s a budget shortfall? The introduction to the show isn’t the real issue? When Rachel Maddow said, “Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year. I am not kidding,” that meant what, exactly?

Rachel Maddow opens her show and screams, “IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BUDGET! THERE’S A BUDGET SURPLUS!” and then says that “Actually, there isn’t a budget surplus,” and then claims that she’s been misquoted?

An honest person would say, “If there’s cause for confusion, the error is mine. I did say that.”

But Rachel Maddow is not an honest person.

GatewayPundit reported this:

Union Goon Attacks Reporter Screaming: “I’ll F*** You in the A$$ you Faggot!” (Video)
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 8:34 PM

Not reported by Maddow. Not reported by anyone at MSNBC.

Here’s another unreported story:

Another Unhinged Leftist Blowhard Goes Ballistic at Pro-Union Rally (Video)
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10:32 PM

Here’s another unreported story:

Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:44 AM

Here’s another unreported story:

In Last 24 Hours Dem Protesters Have Assaulted a Young Woman, Tortured a Camel, Called Opponents “Bad Jews” & Attacked Gay Black Tea Partier… They Must Be Very Proud
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 8:29 PM

Here’s another unreported story:

Dem to Union Supporters: “Need to Get Out On the Streets & Get a Little Bloody”
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 12:02 PM

MSNBC sees none of these stories as news. What’s very important for you to know is that PolitiFact misquoted Rachel Maddow (by quoting the words that she said). This is about “what’s true in the world”?