It's been pretty sickening watching the McCain - Palin ticket "go Rove" on us over the past few weeks. I mean, it's one thing to spread lies about your opponent (see Kerry in 2004), but it seems even worse to lie about your own record. I mean, come on! It's YOUR record & we can check it pretty easily.
The "Palin is the most knowledgeable person on energy" meme is particularly irksome, given that she can't even get the basic facts about how much energy Alaska produces relative to the entire US correct. Check out this post for the whole story, but suffice to say Palin is going around saying that Alaska produces almost 20% of the energy in the US. She is inflating this number rather dramatically. According to the Energy Information Administration, the actual number is more like 3.5%. Then she modified the claim, saying Alaska is producing 20% of the oil & natural gas in the US. Unfortunately, she is still way off. The actual number is 13%.
These seem like the type of mistakes "the most knowledgeable person on energy" in the US wouldn't make. Since Palin is largely basing her foreign policy credentials on the fact that Alaska is an important energy state, shouldn't the public be aware she is inflating Alaska's importance? Yet we hear nothing about this in the mainstream media.
Instead, we get the talk shows & the pundits. Usually there is one from each party & they argue & talk over one another for the entire "bit". Then the host thanks them for the enlightening discussion & the viewer has learned nothing. We really need to get a handle on the news media. It is not helping anyone figure out the truth. Since news should really be about facts, this seems perverse.
I'm not surprised that someone with some energy experience is on the national scene in this election. As I've written before, energy is probably one of the top 2 or 3 issues in this election ... for good reason. But it is surprising that someone can completely misrepresent the facts ... & not get called on it outside of the blogosphere.