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Naturally, the ‘both sides do it’ Big Media with their fact-free and false attempts to make the rhetoric of Republicans and Democrats equal deplore this kind of comment but, then again, there is nothing more despised in Washington right now than the honest truth.
“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels, …You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing, blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. …The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it — believed it and you have the Holocaust.”
— Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), speaking on the House floor Jan. 18, 2011, as quoted by MSNBC’s First Read.
Let’s hope Steve doesn’t apologize for his remarks.
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”
— Andre Gide
“Weak people cannot be sincere.”
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
“Sincerity: if you can fake it, you’ve got it made.”
— Daniel Schorr (also attributed to George Burns and Groucho Marx.)
“If you’ve ever deceived the public to keep your job, you are a liar, plain and simple; if your job is to deceive the public while fully understanding you would not like someone lying to you in the same way, you are the worst form of liar and hypocrite. Yet millions who do this every day go home from work and believe themselves honest.”
— Steven Senjac
“The more money you make at your job, the bigger the lies you are expected to tell.”
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
— Adolf Hitler
“A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.”
— Joseph Goebbels
“There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed as truth if repeated often enough.”
— William James
“What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.”
— Benjamin Disraeli
“Once a person accepts money or power to speak the truth, they will shortly cease speaking the truth, but they will readily convince themselves they are still honest.”
— Jayne Risareo
“The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
— George Bernard Shaw
“Republicans originally thought that Fox [News] worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox.”
— David Frum on Nightline, March 22, 2010, blowing Fox’s whole ‘fair and balanced’ mumbo-jumbo, as quoted by Media Matters.
— David Frum, Frum Forum, March 21, 2010
“David Frum: “What the Hell is Going On at Fox News?”
— Jamison Foser, Media Matters, March 18, 2010
The Abridged Tiger Woods Apology Speech, After a Quick Spray with the Truth Ray
TIGER WOODS: “Hello to you all. I am here to publicly apologize for cheating on my wife Elin with other women. (Why am I apologizing to the public? I didn’t cheat on them. Oh, right, kids look up to me as a role model. Kids are watching golf now? Jeez, can’t they look up to someone besides a golfer as a role model? Basketball players, baseball players, football players okay, never mind.)
“While my publicist and marketing people actually wrote these words, I can assure you they come straight from my heart. (And a billion dollars a year in endorsements.)
“In a sane world, I could just be respected as a great golfer and my private life would be my own business, but you self-righteous hypocrites in the media and you sex-starved moralists in the celebrity-obsessed public need some cheesy scandal to drool over, and right now it’s me. (Why don’t you all get a life?) You know, you don’t make rock stars and movie idols apologize like this at least I haven’t seen Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty pestered endlessly for cheating on their wives, but then I guess you can’t play golf and then pose with a car or disposable razor unless you have a spotless personal life. Hey, why don’t you ask the CEOs of the corporations that pay me for endorsements to publicly apologize for their marital infidelities? Oh, right, they aren’t celebrities. Besides, many of you in the media pull a paycheck from one of those corporations. What amazing courage.
“Okay, sorry, I was told by my handlers not to go off script. So, here, I’m just apologizing all over myself for being a kid and young man who never had much of a life outside golf, with a Domineering Stage Father who forced me to practice all the time so that I could fulfill all of his unrealized dreams, and once I was out from under his influence I went nuts and took advantage of my fame and got laid as often as I could. Every honest man listening to me, if they had grown up the way I did, would have done the same thing. Most of you men would do the same thing even without having a Domineering Stage Father, if you had the chance, especially you sportswriters.
“You know who really owes the public an apology: The media vultures covering this story by obsessing on every minute detail of my personal life. Maybe you should try spending the same amount of time on explaining things to the public that really affects their lives like health care reform, and the growing power of corporations over our lives, and the reality of war, and who’s lying about what in Washington. Oh, but that’s too controversial; instead you pick the safe route go after the golfer. You know, it’s not going to put a penny in the public’s pocket, or make their lives one bit better if I apologize, but here it is, for what it’s worth:
“I apologize completely for anything in my private life that might have ever offended anyone. But I know this mea culpa won’t be the end — my bones haven’t been picked entirely clean yet.
“Just to sum up, my adulterous dalliances outside of my marriage, and any apologies I make for them, as I’ve said, really arent and shouldn’t be important except to those close to me. The only important thing about this story is how much valuable airtime and empty words of fake outrage the mainstream media are willing to waste to pursue the sordid details of my private life. Let me reiterate: For that, I don’t owe you an apology they do.”
2010 RS Janes. LTSaloon.org.