At Psychology Today Blogs, Roy Eidelson exposes the con. A nugget:
In short, complaints of rampant voter fraud are really just an elaborate cover story, constructed to hide repugnant attempts to gain electoral advantage by disenfranchising Americans. Paul Weyrich, for decades a leading voice of the conservative movement, indirectly acknowledged as much almost fifty years ago. In a speech in Texas back in 1980, he explained, “I don’t want everybody to vote. …Our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.” That master plan hasn’t changed in the intervening years.
Read the rest.
An ex-corporate spin-meister discusses how “spin” differs from “lies” and marvels at the multiplication of mendacity. A couple of nuggets (emphasis added):
Let’s say for the sake of argument one year when I was in the corporate world our company posted a strong year in Sales (up 30 percent) but not so strong a year in Assets Under Management (up 1 percent). In our various financial communications we’d naturally emphasize the Sales results and focus less on the Assets results. That’s just spinning. It’s OK. It’s sound management. Everyone in business does it. You’re always building your brand. You’re marketing. You’re trying to put your best foot forward. Why wouldn’t you?
But let’s say that beyond emphasizing just one figure and de-emphasizing another, to try to “help” our company I decided to unilaterally claim that Assets Under Management were up 10 percent, not 1 percent. That’s not spinning. That’s lying. You can’t do that. At least not for long. . . .
Today lying has been elevated to a renegade art form. We call it Fake News. (I’d rather call it Real Lying.) In a year of troubling trends, no trend is more troubling to me than the everyday casualness with which folks in power, or seeking power, ignore facts or make up their own when real facts don’t suit their needs.
In related news, Solomon Jones finds inspiration in an unlikely place (follow the link for the complete article):
Trump and his staffers must be made to understand that “alternative facts” are lies. And every time our new president or one of his representatives dips into his or her bag of untruths, someone on the other side must channel their inner Joe Wilson.
They must stand up, red-faced and outraged, and shout that now-infamous phrase.
Tony Norman has more. Here’s a snippet from his article:
Just as Orwell warned us, contempt for objective truth encourages a dependence on euphemisms. This, in turn, debases all political discourse. Still, the brazenness of Ms. Conway’s appeal to “alternative facts” was breathtaking in its utter capitulation to cynicism. It enraged every journalist who heard it and it should’ve enraged every citizen, too, but most Americans are too busy going about their lives to give much thought to the lies of the president’s spokespeople.
This indifference is what the Trump administration is counting on. The multiple daily outrages via Twitter, or at a White House briefing, or in a dark presidential speech or uttered on a Sunday talk show will quickly consume the public’s finite allotment of outrage. This can only lead to more indifference and a glassy-eyed boredom that will not serve us well when long-term assaults against every one of our democratic institutions begin in earnest.
The Charlotte Observer skewers the non-apology apology of a Republican operative who authored a “fake news” story.
The San Francisco Chronicle has more on this particular faker.
(What’s unusual about this is that the faker got his comeuppance. Wonder if he’ll get picked up by Fox News?)
They aren’t who you think they are.
The Charlotte Observer observes:
Here’s why. We can’t see what’s in his heart. We can hear what comes out of his mouth. He’s quickly making himself the butt of an old joke: How do you know when Trump’s telling a whopper? His lips are moving.
More observations at the link.
The kleptocrats are coming for the olds.