Lying Liars and the Lies they sell…
Posted January 7, 2017on:
One week into 2017 and it feels much longer than just a mere seven days. Much like the sands of an hourglass, these are the days of our “lies”. Bad pun I admit, but I’ve been sick.
As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the intelligence community (think “Spyville”) released their novelette on the election. It’s no thriller whodunit, we’ve always known it was Pootie Poot. Here’s a good summary from Vox.
When I wrote, “we’ve always known,” that isn’t quite correct. The “we” doesn’t seem to include Prez-elect BabyHands or his band of sycophantic nannies and mannies. Without delay, his merry band of prevaricating provocateurs issued a statement saying, “there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.” Had they taken the time to read it, the official report said quite definitively, “the report did not assess the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.”
Fox, Breitbart, Drudge, talk radio, and indeed, the Republican Party plowed the fertile ground for these Russian Putinesque lies to take root. Such lies grow with reckless abandon in the siloed hothouses of profit over patriotism. With the Foxification of NBC and MSNBC, the Petri dish of disinformation continues to grow in pursuit of the dollars flowing from increased audience share.
Amazingly, the Wall Street Journal, in a fit of moralizing heretofore unaccompanied by its business practices, has decided not to use the word “lie” when describing King Carotene’s untruths. The reason? And I quote:
Lie implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.
To translate – purposefully taking a fact and surrounding it with words giving that fact a completely different meaning, then purposefully transmitting that misleading set of words to 40 million people via Twitter is no longer a lie. That is the world in which we now live.
So I thought we should celebrate the weekend by reminding ourselves what lies are and what they sound like. Throw out your best songs or your best stories about lies and the people who tell them. Don’t feel constrained to just lying songs – any songs about things not being what they are supposed to be are welcome and encouraged.
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