Melissa Harris-Perry shows how it is done
Melissa Harris-Perry did something that many Liberal talking heads on TV rarely do. She called out a lie immediately.
"Melissa back in November eight in ten voters said that the economic situation that they currently find themselves in or that they feel they are in is the number one issue as to why they're voting for whatever members of congress that they voted for," said Robert Traynham. "We now know that the vast majority obviously voted for Republicans. This moment that we are in reminds of ...."
Melissa Harris-Perry immediately interrupted Robert Traynham. She did not wait for the lie to metastasize.
"No! No! No! Back up That's not quite right," Melissa Harris-Perry said. "So there are more Republicans who won not because there was a vast majority more Americans who voted for them but rather because of the way that districts are measured."
The reason the Right Wing is so effective is because they know a distinct tenet of our psychology. If one continuously hears the same message over and over again without any push back, the message tends to become truth in ones psyche irrespective of the message being truthful or deceitful.
Melissa Harry-Perry was correct for immediately stopping Robert Traynham from lying to her audience. Too often many Liberal hosts allow misrepresentations, lies, or deceitful messages to go unchallenged.
A few weeks ago I wrote the following on the same issue Robert Traymham was attempting to pass as a truth.
This one was shocking. It does not matter how one cuts it. The United States constitution is severely flawed when more often than not in the last few elections the majority of people voting for a particular party did not receive their relative representation. Even after a 2014 election where Republicans won big, Democratic Senators in the Senate chamber are governing with 20 million more votes from our citizens than Republican senators.
The same occurred in the House of Representatives in 2012.
House Democrats out-earned their Republican counterparts by 1.17 million votes. Read another way, Democrats won 50.59 percent of the two-party vote. Still, they won just 46.21 percent of seats, leaving the Republicans with 234 seats and Democrats with 201.
There is nothing illegal here. There is simply a very designed undemocratic flaw in the US Constitution that must be fixed lest the legislative branch of the American government will continue to be disassociated from the real wants of society.
One hopes that more hosts will follow Melissa Harris-Perry's cue.