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February 22, 2016

Ted Cruz Asks Communications Director To Resign After False Claim About Rubio Demeaning the Bible

Narrative for breakfast, Narrative for lunch, Narrative for dinner.

The Establishment and the Rubio camp-- but I repeat myself -- have cooked up a narrative that Cruz just "lies" all the time.

This, despite the fact that Rubio and his supporters dissemble every time Rubio's actual position and statements on amnesty, DACA, and border security come up.

But that's the Narrative. It's a tissue of lies, but so are most Narratives.

Cruz's campaign spokesman fed into this Narrative by stupidly pushing out a dumb claim that Rubio "demeaned" the Bible.

This based on misheard audio in a video.

At this late date, I am absolutely astonished that political professionals still fall into this trap; do they not remember Mickey Kantor's alleged (but not real) statement about "white n*****rs" in Pennsylvania?

Or CNN's debacle in claiming George Zimmerman said "coon"?

How many times do these morons have to be stung by the phenomenon that if someone tells you what to hear in audio, you will in fact hear it, but not because it was actually said, but only because it's actually sometimes difficult to understand speech, and if we're given a claim about what was said, our brains will keep hearing the words that way?

It's like in math when you first accidentally sum 17 and 19 and get 33. You will keep on making this mistake for a while. You will be blind to the error your brain is making, because once a "track" is established in your brain for thought or interpretation, thoughts keep going down that exact same track, unless they are forcefully disturbed from it.

It is not remotely plausible that Marco Rubio would ever say something publicly dismissive about the Bible. In fact, I doubt he'd say something dismissive privately either, but certainly, we can all agree that this Miami Soundbite Machine is programmed well enough to avoid saying "There are no answers there" in regard to the Bible, in public, around operatives for other candidates.

But Cruz communications director Rick Tyler did push this absurd claim out, thereby fragging his own candidate, and so you're damn right Cruz should ask him to resign. Indeed, I think he should be fired, assuming he was the one who made the call.

Political people should just generally stop making preposterous claims, I guess except for Trump, for whom preposterous, risible gibberish is the stock in trade.

But if we're going to talk about dissembling candidates and campaigns, yes, let's check the record on Rubio's preposterous claims about his past positions on amnesty and DACA. (Don't post in that thread; old posts ban you for trying to post in them. If you want to comment on that old post, please do so in this thread.)

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