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• Mitt Romney Misled Voters About President Obama’s Clean Energy Record
• Unlike the Corporate Media, Citizens Aren’t Buying Romney’s Debate Lies: A new tool was applied to social media following the presidential debate, and it showed that public sentiment was Obama won on substance, whereas Romney appeared to win by lying. The ability of social media to spread the word about fact-checks has changed the game. NBC used a tool called ForSight, used to gauge public opinion in new media, to conclude that by Friday there was a sustained social media backlash against the punditry calling the Denver presidential debate for Romney. The new meme was that if Romney “won”, he did so by lying, whereas Obama had won on substance.
President Obama, spoke in Fairfax, Virginia on Friday, and had the chance to address one important issue that didn’t come up in the debate – the way that Obamacare, and supporting women’s decisions about their health care, is not only better for women’s health, but for women’s lives, families, and as a result, the economy.
“Governor Romney said he would get rid of Planned Parenthood funding. Apparently, this, along with Big Bird, is a driving the deficits,” Obama said to much laughter from the crowd.
“And he would have supported an extreme measure in Massachusetts that would have outlawed some forms of contraception. He joined the far-right of his party to support a bill that would allow employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.”
“I mean think about that. Your boss telling you what’s best for your health and safety. Let me tell you something, Virginia, I don’t think your boss should control the care you get. I don’t think insurance companies should control the care you get. I definitely don’t think politicians on Capitol Hill should control the care you get. We’ve seen some of their attitudes. We’ve read about those. I think there’s one person who gets to make decisions about your health care. That’s you.”
• Jon Stewart really nailed Hannity on his bogus attempt to paint President Obama as a black racist via a 2007 video that Hannity “exposed” the night before Obama’s debate with Mitt Romney last week. After noting that Hannity has repeatedly called Obama “the worst president ever,” Stewart said, “On the eve of the first presidential debate, the best, most explosive critique that you could deliver of the worst president we have ever had in this country, is treating us to some reanimated bull**** video, already been seen, as though it were the Rodney King tape in reverse.”
• “Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill is doubling down on his criticism of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The actor who played Luke Skywalker tweeted Thursday that after watching the first presidential debate, he believes Romney hails from the dark side. “I’ve never seen a candidate for President lie more than Romney.He lies effortlessly, shamelessly.This snake oil salesman must be defeated!!!” — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 4, 2012
I’ve never seen a candidate for President lie more than Romney.He lies effortlessly, shamelessly.This snake oil salesman must be defeated!!!
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 4, 2012
• Massachusetts Schools Sue Monsanto For PCB Contamination: A new lawsuit over harmful levels of the coolant polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) in Massachusetts school buildings is forcing biotech firm Monsanto Company to revisit its unsavory past. Before Monsanto became the agricultural giant it is today, the company’s major product used to be PCBs, which it routinely dumped in rivers and open pits while deliberately attempting to hide the damage. The company managed to survive the many lawsuits from poisoned communities and distance itself from its toxic past — largely thanks to the help of Mitt Romney.