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Lying: It's Just What They Do

Rot starts at the head, they say. It's now working down into the body, whatever portion of it Minnesota represents. From today's excellent Campaign Fact-Check column in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

In a press release last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) quoted three politically prominent Democrats and one Republican -- attacking the crime-fighting record of Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, the DFL candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Slight problem: None of the four was talking about Klobuchar, although the NRSC said they were.

The author of the press release doesn't dispute that those he quoted weren't referring specifically to Klobuchar when they described criminal justice problems. But he said that since Klobuchar emphasizes that her job is to hold people accountable for crimes, it's fair to hold her accountable for crime problems.

If there were rules of straightforwardness in political discourse, the referee would throw a flag on this press release and penalize the NRSC for context fabrication.

"DFL" is what they call Democrats in the Land of 10,000 Lakes; it stands for Democratic-Farmer-Labor. Ah, there were once Progressives in the land in the olden days....

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