Robinson: GOP Just Making Stuff Up


My colleague Zack Roth reported yesterday that Eugene Robinson joined the growing ranks of Washington Post employees who’ve spoken out against George Will.

In that same appearance, though, Robinson attacked a couple different bits of fiction that we’ve been tracking here on the TPMDC site–the Republican claims that cap and trade legislation will cost American households over $3,000 a piece, and the other Republican claim that the administration’s defense budget proposal amounts to a spending cut. Watch:

Robinson distinguishes here between Will’s distortion and the outright falsehoods coming from the GOP, but surely the former enables the latter, no?

In any case, we’ll have more for you on mainstream media figures who’ve gotten the defense budget story right later this afternoon.


Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at