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Barney, You Can’t Hide Your Lyin’ Words

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:46 am - April 25, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Dishonest Democrats,Economy,New Media

Every time I get tired of blogging about Barney Frank, he rears his ugly head and says something which if a Republican in his position had said it would invite ridicule and raise questions of competence.

The latest story goes beyond the Massachusetts Democrat’s consistent refusal to acknowledge how actions he took and reforms he blocked helped trigger the financial meltdown.  Now, he, in the words of Sister Toldjah who (via Michelle Malkin‘s Buzzworthy) alerted me to the story, “is trying to re-write history with respect to the role he played in helping enable the collapse of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.”  In the past, he could get away with it because the media watchdogs, even eager to pounce at the slightest Republican indiscretion, gave Democrats a pass whenever they misrepresented their own record.

But, now the unhappy Democrat has to contend with conservative bloggers, eager to dig into politicians’ records.  And after catching Barney deliver a whopper on the Tavis Smiley Show, blogger Morgen at Verum Serum did some digging.

First, here’s Barney claiming that he never pushed home ownership on low income people because, well, they can’t afford ’em:

Then, rooting around for “the most suitable example” of Barney “extolling the virtues of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in facilitating home ownership for those that would not otherwise qualify,” he “stumbled across” a 2005 speech Barney made on the House floor doing just that–and also dismissing notions of a coming housing bubble.  This tenacious blogger makes the video available for the first time on the web:

Reviewing the tape, Ed Morrissey quips that “Only a politician could lie with such a lack of conscience, but with a surfeit of sanctimony.”  Barney gives sanctimony a whole new meaning:

Frank scolds the people behind the dot-com bubble for not having realistic business plans while Frank protected Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from regulators who warned that the two GSEs had the same exact problem.  And Frank was right that the housing collapse wouldn’t be as bad as the dot-com pop — but in fact it was much, much worse, thanks to Congressional action that mandated the creation of mortgage-backed securities that spread the poison of bad loans throughout the global financial system.  The dot-com bubble burst resulted in a mild recession, but Frank’s supposedly-impossible housing bubble collapse sent the entire world economy crashing into a heap.

It seems that Barney is living in a pre-YouTube world where a Democrat could get away with rewriting his record, knowing the MSM would be little likely to dig around into his past statements to corroborate or contradict his present claims.

But, now with conservative bloggers on the case, Democrats just can’t get away with it any more.  Thanks to the blogosphere, there ain’t no way for Barney to hide his lyin’ words.

Kudos to the folks at Verum Serum for doing for Barney what Buckhead did for Dan Rather.  May his career have a similar trajectory.



  1. Tavis Smiley Show,


    I take it that more people will watch this YouTube flick than watched the Guy Smiley (or whatever) show?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 25, 2009 @ 6:14 am - April 25, 2009

  2. MAYBE, if conservatives can get these videos into the hands of those “conservatives” who believed the MSM when they parroted the theory that GWB’s lax regulatory policies caused the whole financial industry’s collapse, and who then voted for “hope and change,” MAYBE a few of them will begin to understand.

    But I don’t think one can ever underestimate the ability of the bulk of humanity to ignore facts. For most of the Left and much of the moderate middle, a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth. And most of the moderate middle has bought into the “truth” that conservative talk radio is really far-right extremists and Fox News is NOT fair and balanced but, well, far-right extreme.

    There are, I guarantee, many people who read the New York Times and listen to NPR and believe they are well-informed. These are the people who thought Sarah Palin was a horrible choice and believed that Barack Obama was a qualified candidate. Worse, some of them posit that The O is just doing what ANY president would have had to do.


    Comment by polly — April 25, 2009 @ 10:47 am - April 25, 2009

  3. At what point will the GOP via the RNC start hammering this little bit of inconsistency home? It’s not unreasonable or unfair for the minority party to point this out and educate the electorate… so why the delay? Does the GOP a) not want to purge those from government who have been derelict, and b) more cynically, not have a desire to regain the levers of government?

    Thankfully we do have the blogosphere to get informed. Clearly, neither traditional the pathway of legacy media nor intragovernmental competition can be trusted to do their solemn duty. Thanks for filling the void.

    Comment by AnonymousDrivel — April 25, 2009 @ 11:13 am - April 25, 2009

  4. Barney Frank is such a clown. How can anyone think he has any credibility left?

    Comment by Juju — April 25, 2009 @ 12:18 pm - April 25, 2009

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  6. When is John Zeigler going to do a documentary on “The Barney Files” wherein he lays out cuts of Barney claiming the high ground on both sides of the argument? Barney is not a clown. He understands how to herd the insatiably gullible. That is Judas goat work.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 26, 2009 @ 11:20 am - April 26, 2009

  7. When will Americans remove the blinders on these socialist Democrats and actually read or watch what they say?

    The media will never report honestly on people like Frank, but with bloggers and You Tube showing what these people really stand for, America has to eventually wake up, don’t they?

    Sometimes I wonder.

    Comment by LewWaters — April 26, 2009 @ 2:10 pm - April 26, 2009

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