Chutzpah or the memory hole?

November 15, 2004

Sometimes I find things that are simply inconceivable at first reading. But they exist. On second reading they show that there are people who have completely different understandings of the world than the ones I use. And yet, even then I have trouble believing that someone would write such words.

Consider this op ed by John Palmer, head of the Verity Media Group. In it Palmer argues that Americans prefer the truth to lies, and that in this recent election BushCo told the truth and were rewarded. He proves this, to his satisfaction, by pointing out that Laura Bush is more truthful than Michael Moore, and having vanquished his straw man he concludes that "Any political party that relies on spin and manipulation of the truth instead of the moral value of honesty forces its supporters to become complicit in their deception."

Look at that quote again.

Any political party that relies on spin and manipulation of the truth instead of the moral value of honesty forces its supporters to become complicit in their deception.
That is a statement that depends for its power on a set of assumptions about the meaning of truth. Now, I don't know where James Palmer finds his truth, perhaps Fox, perhaps Karl Rove's tea leaves, but from where I sit the Bush Administration lies out of policy, out of habit, and out of the implicit assumption that if they ever did tell the truth they would be impeached if not lynched.

That op ed is a lie, in the tradition of Big Brother and the memory hole. Having watched BushCo lie for the first term, and throughout the campaign, he now praises them as the tellers of the truth. That is no speaking truth to power, that is facilitating lies and deception.

I will be writing a letter to the editor, but I want to calm down and make it a powerful letter rather than the incoherent rant I just spewed forth here.

Posted by Red Ted at November 15, 2004 01:52 PM | TrackBack
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Now, I don't know where James Palmer finds his truth,...but from where I sit the Bush Administration lies out of policy, out of habit,... That op ed is a lie, in the tradition of Big Brother and the memory hole. Having watched BushCo lie for the first term, and throughout the campaign, [Palmer]now praises them as the tellers of the truth. That is no speaking truth to power, that is facilitating lies and deception.

I will be writing a letter to the editor, but I want to calm down...

Oh man, I am soooooooooooooooo totally there.

Word, Brother!

Posted by: James R MacLean at November 17, 2004 10:56 PM

"I'm there" = in the same spiritual space

Posted by: James R MacLean at November 17, 2004 10:56 PM

All governments lie out of policy, because they would be lynched if they did not.

To misquote Londo Mollari, on the issue of political integrity I am long past innocence and fast approaching apathy. They are all thieves and liars, it's just a question of who they're stealing from and what they're lying about.

Posted by: DFH at November 19, 2004 09:48 AM
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