So Much For the Refreshingly Honest Admission by Melky Cabrera

August 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm (Dishonesty, Fake Website, Lying, Major League Baseball, Melky Cabrera, MLB, San Francisco Giants, Steroids, Suspension)

When San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera was recently caught with a positive test for performance enhancing drugs, and was hit with a subsequent 50-game suspension, he flatly admitted his transgression.

The approach was refreshing, with many in the media saying that “at least he admitted to it”, as opposed to so many stars in the past who have concocted elaborate stories in an attempt to muddy the waters of guilt.

Here is an example from SB Nation:

Typically a player will say that the results of the test were tainted. Perhaps he didn’t realize what he had taken. Plans to appeal the decision are often thrown around at this point to at least create an opening in the court of public opinion for the most diehard fans — so at least a tiny section of Pac Bell Park will say, “I just don’t believe he really did it.”

Instead Cabrera went the direct route. He was honest, concise and vulnerable. He said he did it, offered an apology to all parties involved and went silently into the suspended night.

It was the right move and one that might save his reputation in the end.

Well that didn’t last mong.

So much for honesty…

San Francisco Giants star outfielder Melky Cabrera mounted a campaign to avoid his 50-game suspension that included a fake website featuring a fictitious product in an effort that was quickly uncovered by MLB investigators, the New York Daily News has reported.

Citing an anonymous source close to the case and an associate who told the newspaper he was “accepting responsibility for what everyone else already knows” concerning the fake site, the Daily News reported famed investigator Jeff Novitzky and agents from MLB’s investigative arm have begun looking more closely at Cabrera and the scheme purportedly hatched in July as they seek the source of the synthetic testosterone found in his urine.

“There was a product they said caused this positive,” the source told the Daily News. “Baseball figured out the ruse pretty quickly.”

The purpose was to fool MLB and the players’ union, while presenting them with the website and resulting phony product information, into believing Cabrera had ordered a supplement fraudulently spiked with testosterone, therefore causing the positive drug test, the report says.

So we’ve now gone from refreshingly honest, and the possibility that Melky may have saved his reputation by being truthful, to discovering one of the most elaborate schemes to avoid suspension since the implementation of the stricter steroid policy.

It is a cautionary tale for those who want so desperately to believe in their hero-athletes.  Nothing is as it seems…

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Watch: Wolf Blitzer Destroys DNC Chair Over Medicare Lies

August 14, 2012 at 9:00 am (CNN, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrats, DNC, Lying, Medicare, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Seniors, Wolf Blitzer)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had a long history of struggling with the truth.  But you know it’s bad when Wolf Blitzer of CNN has to thoroughly destroy her in an interview in which she tries to continue pushing those lies.

Schultz took to pushing an already well-documented lie on Medicare and the Republicans so-called efforts to end it, and trying to scare people into thinking Romney and Ryan’s plan would effect current seniors.  Wolf Blitzer to his credit, wouldn’t stand for the lies, and hilarity ensues…

Via Townhall:

Let me say this right up front: Congratulations to Wolf Blitzer for being a relentless, responsible journalist. If you value the truth, this interview is a pleasure to watch.  If you have even an ounce of human compassion for the in-over-her-head target of Blitzer’s inquisition, it’s positively brutal:

Poor Debbie.  She’s totally out-gunned and has nowhere to hide.  Her talking points are pitifully hollow and cannot withstand even basic questioning.  She stubbornly rejects the (correct) premise that the Romney/Ryan Medicare reform plan exempts everyone over the age of 54, and plays fast and loose with numbers — conflating 55 and 65 on several occasions.  When she is brow-beaten into finally acknowledging — if not admitting — the truth around the 3:45 mark, she quickly realizes her “mistake” and reverts back into denialism.  When Blitzer asks her to specify exactly how current or soon-to-be seniors would be impacted by the GOP plan, she cannot.  Because they’re not.  The Left is intellectually bankrupt on the very subject they claim will allow them to crush Mitt Romney in November.  They despise the bipartisan solution Republicans have offered, but they have no alternative of their own.

Watch the video here…

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Flashback: Dems Claims That Ryan Would End Medicare Named "Lie of the Year"

August 12, 2012 at 10:03 am (Bill Nelson, David Axelrod, Democrats, End Medicare, Harry Reid, Julian Schreibman, Lie of the Year, Lying, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Paul Tonko, Politifact)

The question is, how do they sort through all of the lies coming out of the Democrat party during the course of an entire year?

The first line of attack against Paul Ryan out of the Democrat party has clearly been the claim that he wants to end Medicare.

Paul Tonko (D-NY):

Governor Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan confirms his commitment to the radical Republican budget. As the lead author of this extreme thinking, Paul Ryan proposed and Tea Party House Republicans passed a budget that would end the Medicare guarantee as we know it and shift costs onto the backs of seniors….

Julian Schreibman (running against Chris Gibson):

Congressman Chris Gibson’s embrace of that agenda – including supporting Ryan’s budget plan to end Medicare as we know it …

Bill Nelson (D-FL):

Romney VP pick bad for seniors. Signals an end to Medicare as we know it.

David Axelrod (Obama adviser on lying):

President Barack Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod says the Medicare changes supported by Rep. Paul Ryan, the likely Republican vice presidential candidate, would put the popular health-care plan for the elderly in “a death spiral.”

Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader on lying):

By picking Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Romney has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security & end Medicare as we know it. 

The problem with these claims is that they’re simply untrue.  Left-leaning Politifact even had to squash the Democrat claims back in 2011, naming it the biggest “lie of the year” (h/t Weasel Zippers).

Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies.

Democrats pounced. Just four days after the party-line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the DCCC, appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A Web video from the Agenda Project, a liberal group, said the plan would leave the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. And just last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a fundraising appeal that said: “House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.”

After two years of being pounded by Republicans with often false charges about the 2010 health care law, the Democrats were turning the tables.

PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.

Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.

In fact, if you click on the Poltifact article you’ll see nine different ways the Democrats have made the same claim laid out on the right side of the page.  Each claim that Ryan’s plan would “end Medicare” has been labeled as false, or with the more subtle “pants on fire”.

Here’s video of Paul Ryan actually explaining his plan for Medicare (h/t Twitchy):

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Romney Campaign Says "America Deserves Better" Than Barack Obama

August 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm (2012 Election, America Deserves Better, Cancer, Chicago Politics, Jen Psaki, Joe Soptic, Lying, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Super PAC)

The Romney camp released a new ad today attacking the serious character flaws of our current President, and his dishonest Chicago-style method of running a campaign.

Team Mitt writes:

President Obama cannot run on his record, so he is committed to tearing down Mitt Romney. His campaign tried to use the tragedy of a woman’s death for political gain. Then, his top aides were caught lying about it. Doesn’t America deserve better than a president who will do anything to stay in power?

The Washington Examiner writes:

Mitt Romney’s campaign released a television ad asking what it says about President Obama’s character that his super PAC released a video suggesting that Romney caused a woman to die of cancer.

“What does it say about a president’s character when his campaign tries to use the tragedy of a woman’s death for political gain?” the narrator in the Romney ad asks. The video features still shots of the Priorities USA Action ad and of campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki claiming that she “can’t speak” to the ad during a recent appearance on CNN.

Here’s the video…

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