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Thursday, 30 August 2012

"We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers." — Romney pollster, Neil Newhouse

Photo: Michael Hale

"The Big Lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so 'colossal' that no one would believe that someone 'could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.'"
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"And the Romney campaign put out a memo Wednesday repeating the claim that Obama gutted the Clinton-era welfare reforms after taking office. So why continue beating this drum? Partly because people believe it.
     'We think that the fact that the work requirement has been taken out of welfare is the wrong thing to do,' said Peggy Testa, attending a Tuesday rally near Pittsburgh for Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.
     When told that's not actually what had happened, Testa replied: 'At this point, [I] don't know exactly what is true and what isn't, OK? But what I do know is I trust the Romney-Ryan ticket, and I do not trust Obama.'"
— Ari Shapiro, NPR
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