Here is a fine piece from Rachel Maddow in which she reviews some of the recent "scandals" so incessantly harped upon by the right-wing noise machine, all of which have turned out to be wildly overblown, if not downright false. Which, sadly, has not prevented them from having had the effects desired by those who pushed them with such fury. As the old saying goes, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Hat tip to Bh.tv commenter listener, whose post calling attention to the above deserves to be reproduced in full:
Let them eat Fake
I'd usually avoid linking in this forum to video from a popular cable news/opinion program, but this 8:50-long calling out by Rachel Maddow of the Republican party's nonstop "bull pucky" campaign is an exception (the segment having been sparked by the recently released California Attorney General's report stating that the charges against ACORN which led to its demise, were partly based upon a willfully fraudulent video). Maddow is not perfect, and sometimes her rah-rah liberalism takes her into territory I'm not entirely comfortable with, but this is Rachel at her finest -- relentlessly marshaling well-researched factual evidence with passion and intensity combined with intellectual rigor.
I'll take the further liberty of reproducing part of my response, since I was thinking of blogging about this as well:
I salute your ear for catching the turn of phrase you used as your post title. Here's another one from that vid that I liked: "the unmooring of politics from facts." On a closely related note: see this post by Steve Benen (via Instaputz) commenting on this article in McClatchy: "Not satisfied with U.S. history, some conservatives rewrite it."