Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Truth of the Year

In fact, I should say "Truth of the Decades." Kevin Drum says it out loud. It's now profitable to lie, especially if you're a politician.
It also doesn't matter. Politicians have increasingly discovered over the past couple of decades that even on a national stage you can lie pretty blatantly and pay no price, since the mainstream media, trapped in its culture of objectivity, won't really call you on it, limiting themselves to fact checking pieces like Kessler's buried on an inside page. And because virtually nobody except political junkies ever see this stuff, it doesn't hurt their campaigns at all.
There used to a be a common expression in the world, long ago when I was young. "A man's word is his bond." Time was when honorable men advanced in life by dint of their reputation for honesty. To be caught in a calculated campaign of lies would surely lead to being cast out of civil society. Today honest and honorable men are viewed as losers.

There's no profit in honesty. We're all poorer now that dishonesty is no longer condemned as vice, but rather celebrated as clever tactic to achieve success.

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Blogger Nangleator said...

It doesn't even have to be hidden. Wingnuts will gleefully grab on to a pleasant-sounding piece of pure fiction and build their own backstory to make it more believable. They will edit history, and even the words they said themselves to embrace the new lie.

The first Republican that says in a speech, "This isn't true, but believe it!" prior to his next lie will become the new hero of the Right.

1:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think we're all guilty of searching for stuff that validates our world view, especially political activists, but there's a whole lot of lesser engaged voters out there who still believe you're not allowed to lie on TV. TV media does nothing to inform them that this isn't true any more. That I think is a serious problem and a real danger to civil society.

3:43:00 PM  

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