Politicians of all parties have been bending the truth since the beginning of the republic.
The two previous presidential administrations are perhaps best known for lies or untruths -- see Lewinsky, Monica, and weapons of mass destruction. And even in this, another presidential election year, rare is the day when a candidate does not utter or repeat a claim that will be debunked by an independent truth squad.
Why do they do it?
Those who study politics and communications say the consequences appear to be minimal.
China may be on the other side of the globe from Ohio, but it plays a central role in the worldview of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who regularly denounces its trade practices.
The Niles Democrat had another chance to vent recently when The House of Representatives passed a bill to overturn a court decision that interfered with federal government’s ability to impose countervailing duties on Chinese goods.
"Ohio has lost close to 100,000 jobs due to unfair trade practices by China," Ryan said.
We checked it out.
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