09.01.08 More Hypocritical Bluster on Russia
“What is striking . . . is the spectacle of a leading head of state making statements that not only are lies but that are easily shown to be such.”
Wow. Aren’t we lucky to live in a country where we our leaders always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
It boggles the mind how the MSM can write this kind of utter nonsense without a hint of self-consciousness. But it is all part and parcel of our national ideology: that our democracy is so perfect that anything and everything happening within it is ipso facto also perfect; that our perfection gives us the right and obligation to point out the flaws of others, without any regard to our identical flaws. Our national cockiness blinds us to the complete lack of credibility we have on the world stage.
It is also striking that the MSM is willing to use the word “lie” when it applies to adversaries abroad, but sticks with terms like “misstatement” when referring to the untruths told by our leaders and prospective leaders. This is particularly so in the course of election campaigns, when a misplaced principle of “fairness” leads the media to give equal time and credence to claims of “2 plus 2 equals 5.”
©2008 Keith Berner