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Breaking The Code
In The War On Truth:
FreePatriot.org reported in 2016: "An 18 year-old Egyptian Christian girl
being hurled to her death by Muslims" A complete, blatant fabrication.
In 2016, radio host Michael Savage borrowed a National Enquirer story and reported,
and many right-wing news outlets repeated, the claim that Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia had been murdered by the CIA, President Obama, and a $2,000. hooker.
The Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington,D.C.. A 2016 news story prompted a
man to fire a rifle inside the shop as he attempted to "self-investigate" a conspiracy
theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from there. (AP)
By Ray Cunneff
December 11, 2018
It's difficult to say exactly when the 'war on truth' began but it goes well beyond 'fake news'. It most likely started gradually, accelerated by the rise of social media, when politicians began realizing that "facts don't matter" nearly so much if you present a compelling narrative that supports existing prejudices.
That concept was reinforced by the apparent success of "doubling down" on a lie, expressing an outraged belligerence while expanding the false narrative beyond its original scope to the Josef Goebbels "big lie" told forcefully and frequently enough until perception becomes reality. In our new anti-truth era, no lie is too big, too implausible, or too vile not to be believed by alarmingly large numbers of people.
Photo of actress in makeup for "Ash vs. Evil Dead" used as anti-liberal pro-Trump tweet.
"A lie can travel around the world before the truth can put its pants on."
And when lies based on false narratives are judged to be too abhorrent for most people to accept, they are instead disseminated in 'dog-whistles' and nudge-nudge, wink-wink code.
Breaking the Code:
Public Services are Socialism
Men know what's best for women
Slavery wasn't really so bad
God wrote the Constitution
& Other Lies
"Privatize" means "Monetize"
"If you're not rich, it's your fault" - Herman Cain
"If you can't afford it, you don't deserve it"
"If you touch my 'Pro Life' sign, I'll kill you"
"To get rich, you have to be making money while you're asleep".
You would have to work for decades to earn what some CEO's make in an hour
Lower Taxes, Fewer Services, Higher fees
The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of
magnitude greater than to produce it.