"Stocks Mixed Despite Strong Retail Report," is the headline of an AP story, dated today, at 11:01 a.m., EST. "Retail Sales are Weakest in Five Months," reads the headline of another AP story, same date, 15 minutes earlier, but this report by an economics reporter, referring to the same "retail report," which, in actuality, showed a significant drop in retail activity, but a slightly smaller drop than some economists forecast.
This is how the world works these days: All is illusion, spin, hype. All is lies. Karl Rove knows this and works precisely this way, over-stating projections of budget shortfall and then claiming victory when the budget doesn't do as badly; understating cost of Medicare benefits, then claiming foul when he later releases the higher true cost figures.
We've not only got to take back the White House, we've got to take back the media that got them into power and keeps them there.