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GOP Smears Hillary With Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The same image is being cynically and calculatedly drummed home by pairing Hillary and Obama. Hillary will be her own candidate and run her own campaign if she runs, but that won't stop the GOP from trying to smear her with Obama.

Anatomy of a Smear: The Religious Right vs. the American Psychiatric Association

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

People tend to assume claims are true if they confirm something they already believe -- and the more fervent the belief, the easier they are to convince.

Oh, Roger, What Ailes You?

Sam Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Greenfield

Roger Ailes did apologize for the 'nazi' remarks about NPR. Was it because he was really sorry, or was it because of the public's reaction?

The Psychology of Manipulation in Political Ads

Joe Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Brewer

Fear is a natural response to threats; it is part of our biological legacy to have a "fight or flight" system. Emotional systems are targeted by political marketers seeking to manipulate voting behavior.

South Carolina Sex Issue: Performance Failure

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

The people of South Carolina seem to be tired of hearing about this kind of thing. They might well consider adultery too juvenile to be a political issue.

Jason Linkins

WND's Jerome Corsi Claims Fort Hood Shooter Advised Obama [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you were wondering what paranoiac smear artist would be the first to attempt to name Obama as the man who guided Hasan to his murderous rampage yesterday, the answer -- naturally! -- is Jerome Corsi.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

Fox News is all slant, all the time, while MSNBC is absolutely not a liberal mirror-image. The slant is not equal, nor do the two channels offset like penalties in a football game.

Jason Linkins

"Fox And Friends" Hosts Worry That Military Needs "Special Debriefings" For Muslims

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On this morning's Fox And Friends, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were all a-whip with Salem Witch Trial panic over the thought that Nidal ...

New Republic Editor Evokes Fringe Email "Clinical Narcissism" Smear

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Morgan Warners

A famously hawkish supporter of Israel, New Republic editor Marty Peretz's accusations about the president mimic the message of a fringe ring-wing email that I got my hands on.

Lenin Rules!

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

It was Lenin, after all, who almost 100 years ago stated what has become the mantra of the angry Right and the deluded media nearly a century later: A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Jason Linkins

Socialism, Facism, Communism: Obama Attacked With Wave Of "Isms" (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Media Matters has documented the way various media figures and partisan critics, confronted by the White House's attempts to do the things they were v...

Dear Conservatives: Break Some Liberal Hearts. Vote Obama.

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

No group in America would have more trouble adjusting to an Obama presidency than the Bush Liberals. Yes, there really is such a thing as a Bush Liberal. Let me explain.

McCain's Rev. Wright Attack Ad Can Drive Undecideds: Polling Science Tells Us So

Robert Kubey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kubey

The critical point is that it is easier to scare undecideds than uplift and inspire these same voters. The psychobiological study of fear demonstrates this.

I Am Professor Khalidi (Why John McCain Doesn't Get to Pick My Halloween Costume)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Khalidi is a big-time professor. Which is to say that, until quite recently, he was someone most of us had never heard of. But then John McCain picked Professor Khalidi's new Halloween costume.

Scattered Gunshot: Shooting Voters From A Helicopter

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Republicans are shooting from their helicopters at any Obama target in sight. And Bloomberg is another candidate who uses that helicopter of his to shoot down dissident voters.

Obammunism

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

Like the Chinese, Obama is a Communist. So you know what that means, right? Obama not only shared his toys, but he, like the Chinese, first tainted them with lead paint.

The Mandatory Rejection of Sarah Palin

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Before we arrive at the end of the Bush dark ride, let's make sure the Palin dark ride comes to a complete stop on Tuesday.

Why Won't Palin Ask Obama Why He Hates Everything That's Good and Loves Everything That's Bad?

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

While he's at it, Obama should stop using the word "constitution" because a few people might think he means "prostitution" or "constipation."

Indiana Smears Cause Voter Backlash

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

After receiving an email smear, one Indiana voter wrote: "I am outraged that the Republican Party sent this kind of smut to my home ... There is no place in this election [for] this garbage. It will not work; not this time."

Obama Launches Portal to Expose GOP Attacks

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

In the new era of web-driven politics, nothing stays below the radar for long, which can pose a bigger problem for hypocritical and deceitful candidates.

GOP Gives Up Hope For Last-Minute Obama Smear Campaign

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GOP operatives don't foresee a massive infusion of money for ads against Obama. Photo: AP For the GOP, the cavalry apparently isn't coming. Republic...

A Cell Phone Call During Mass (Remembering the Anti-Catholic Smears of the 1928 Election)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

"Great-great-grandma Frances will set you straight. By the time I'm done with you, you'll vote for who you want to vote for. You won't let anybody scare you out of it. That's the lesson of Al Smith."

One May Smile and Smile...

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

The cynical Democracidal maniacs who call themselves Republicans are waging the warfare of the cornered, the exposed, the desperate. And that means the most dangerous.

Robo Rove and Willie Horton Redux

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Instead of erupting in outrage and secretly dreading that a smear campaign will undo Barack Obama's lead in the polls, I return to the basics.

Jason Linkins

Times Exposes Anti-Semitic Obama Slanderer, Finally

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During this long election season, one of the things that the candidates have had to confront are smear merchants, peddling the most vicious and hatefu...