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Exposing ‘The Narrative’

Executive Summary:
More HUGE lies by those promoting ‘The Narrative.’ Joseph Goebbels would be proud.

I try to stay off political topics on this blog but sometimes ‘The Narrative’ pushes my buttons. Plus, I like doing research and crunching numbers so this was interesting for me.

The following paragraph appeared in an article on the ‘U.S. Uncut’ website. I’ll spare you the clickbait but please check me if you would like to.

America’s largest gun lobby contributed to the campaigns of 50 Republican senators who voted against the latest gun reform legislation this Monday, from amounts ranging between $2,500 (Sen. Rand Paul) and $7,740,221 (Sen. John McCain). Over the course of all 50 senators’ careers, the NRA contributed a total of $36,290,699, according to data compiled by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

I particularly thought the McCain number was interesting. Although I’m not his biggest fan, the number is so huge I thought it was worth checking. The article referenced by U.S. Nutcut, Center for American Progress Action Fund, didn’t provide any source for their numbers, which is always a Red Flag to me.

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To get some actual data, I went to OpenSecrets. Here’s the data they provided for Senator McCain.

2014 cycle – $0
2012 cycle – $0
2010 cycle – $7450.00
2008 cycle – $1250.00
2006 cycle – $0
2004 cycle – $0
2002 cycle – $0
2000 cycle – $1000.00
1998 cycle – $10400.00
1996 cycle – $0
1994 cycle – $0
1992 cycle – $9900.00
1990 cycle – $9900.00
That’s as far back as the data on the OpenSecrets website goes.

Just to make sure I didn’t make any manual adding mistakes, I put that info into an Excel spreadsheet. Gee, it only added up to $39,900.00. That’s about  $7,700,321.00 short of the number cited by the author, Mr. Tom Cahill, about whom the article said:

“Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at tom.v.cahill@gmail.com.”

Is Cahill an utterly inept blogger masquerading as a ‘journalist?’ Or is he an unethical lying shill for the internal enemies of our great Nation? I have my suspicion about which it is but I’ll let you make your own decision. If the latter, he obviously can’t demonstrate his case so he just creates disinformation (Dezinformatsiya, as the KGB called it) to mislead his [gullible] readers.

As Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda, said:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

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