Politics is a dirty business. People lie, cheat, and steal to attain a public office, and sometimes I wonder why. Does power corrupt people to such a degree that we no longer recognize them, or is it that politicians must live in glass houses with the Cyclopean eye of the media on them? The minute a person declares himself a candidate for public office, the media rears its ugly hydra heads and begins the attack. Did he spit on his sister back when he was 4 and she was 3? What about in school? What kind of student was he? Did he ever take a drink or smoke a questionable cigarette? Was there a reliable witness? How about a less than reliable one? Maybe I exaggerate a smidgen, but not much. If any suspicious thing exists, they’ll uncover it.
The list of lying politicians is long and never ending. The web of lies surrounding Obamacare is sticky and convoluted indeed and appears to spin from many different sources. And then we could mention Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, without even alluding to their particular lies. We, the people, do not forget the most blatant ones. Consider Chris Christie of New Jersey. Just what did he know about that traffic jam in his own state and when exactly did he know it? Is he lying, too? How can we tell?
I think it would be really nice if we had some honest body to monitor our politicians for lies. Notice I said honest. Unfortunately, the media isn’t very trustworthy either. Many members of the media, too, have been caught lying to create sensational stories. Take for example, the CBS reporter Lara Logan. She and the producer of her story about Benghazi were both suspended back in November of 2013 for unsupported information. Supposedly, some of the report was fabricated out of thin air and unsubstantiated. Many parts of it were not properly checked for accuracy. When the report aired on “60 Minutes,” a reputable news program, people trusted it until the rest of the story came out. CBS acquired a major black eye from that incident.
Ryan Holiday at age 25 wrote a book called Trust Me, I’m Lying. He deliberately set out to manipulate the media and it worked dramatically. As the Marketing Director for American Apparel, he possessed a respectable and credible title. Also, he was an accomplished liar. He created such thorough lies that they came out believable. He sent out story after story to various news sources. He said that throughout the entire experiment, he received only one email checking his reliability.
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