Apparently, the right-wing noise machine does need to make things up. Watch Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Don Imus on Fox News, and Michael Savage repeat the ridiculously unbelievable lie that Obama’s trip to Asia will cost $200 million a day (that’s more than the entire Afghanistan war costs per day).
The same stupendous claim has been repeated by virtually every conservative pundit. Any of these people, starting with Bachmann, could have easily checked this figure and realized that it was blatantly false, but they aren’t interested enough in the truth to do even trivial fact checking. They just ran with it, in some cases even exaggerating an already implausible story. But I guess they still believe that if you repeat something often enough, it makes even the most insane falsehood true.