Political journalism in the modern era increasingly resembles a series of gossip columns, where catty swipes at “the other side” replace hard news and actual analysis.
With the constant flow of information passing through people’s Twitter feeds and Facebook walls, public opinion has never been more easily shaped by quick and simplistic memes, slogans and soundbites. As long as it fits in 140 characters, accuracy be hanged!
Few have been the victims of this misinformation mill as much as the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about 40 conservative Republican lawmakers trying to actually do something meaningful in government. But the status quo doesn’t take challenges lightly, and so the HFC has become a virtual pincushion for the barbs of media elites eager to marginalize the opposition.
In the interest of setting the record straight, then, here are five popularly repeated myths about the House Freedom Caucus.