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One time, when my son was very young, I asked him if he had seen my hammer.
He said he hadn`t.
At that moment, he was standing there, looking at me, denying having seen my hammer. While holding my hammer in his hand.
He would have fit right in at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. People are standing there holding hammers which they have denied seeing.
Yesterday, the convention’s theme was the economy. The online news site Politico has a great article today explaining how the convention goers believe the U.S. economy is terrible when in fact, by every measure, it has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. Seventy-six straight months of job growth. Fifteen million new jobs under Obama.
But here is the phenomenon. If they believe it, it is true, facts be damned.
They believe Obama has been a terrible failure at the economy (and everything else) so, he has been. Case closed. A man who has bankrupted his companies four or five times, is involved in over 3,500 lawsuits related to his businesses, and is a known fraud artist, somehow will be better than Obama at handling the nation’s financial affairs.
I spent my life in the newspaper business. Once in a while, I would uncover a story that was just too good to be true. Wow! Made my day. Front page. Holy hell. I had just won a newspaper award. Yay!
Then I would get a phone call. From some authority who knew the facts. Someone like a police chief, for example. Was I aware, I would be asked, that my story was completely wrong.
In the newspaper business, you had no option but to retract, sometimes to apologize.
In the Republican business, no such need.