This article is a helpful way of looking at why humans are apt to believe things true and untrue.
We can’t know everything ourselves, but when we believe someone else has the knowledge, the details, and the facts it becomes easy to believe it’s true.
Why We Believe Obvious Untruths https://nyti.ms/2lnA2Kn
Lies, Lies, lies…
We’ve always said that politicians are liars by nature, but its gotten ridiculous. Now we’re talking about boldfaced verifiable lies to Congress, and yet the Republican stooges won’t abandon their golden goose.
We haven’t hit peak lie yet. Hopefully we’re getting closer to an implosion, but for now they get thicker and thicker. All from a group that won based on the idea that Hillary was a liar.
At this point it’s easier to list the Trump officials who haven’t been caught lying under oath than those who have. This is not an accident.
For one thing, politicians used to limit their outright lies to matters not easily checked — hidden affairs, under the table deals, and so on. But now we have the man who ran the Miss Universe competition in Moscow three years ago, and who declared just last year that “I know Russia well,” then last month said, “I haven’t called Russia in 10 years.”
Goodbye Spin, Hello Raw Dishonesty https://nyti.ms/2lkWymZ
A pointed and poignant rebuke of Trump. A well written and heartfelt look at why this man is wholly unfit and unqualified to lead our country.
You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.
I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment.
You are a fraud and a charlatan.
I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a moral obligation to do so.
It’s not that I don’t believe that people can change and grow. They can. But real growth comes from the accepting of responsibility and repenting of culpability. Expedient reversal isn’t growth; it’s gross.
No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along http://nyti.ms/2ghdoMM
More news sources aren’t bring about a consensus on truth amd facts.
a recent BuzzFeed analysis of top political pages on Facebook showed that right-wing sites published false or misleading information 38 percent of the time, and lefty sites did so 20 percent of the time.
This gets to the deeper problem: We all tend to filter documentary evidence through our own biases. Researchers have shown that two people with differing points of view can look at the same picture, video or document and come away with strikingly different ideas about what it shows.
How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth http://nyti.ms/2ecVAkh
Asking politicians to stop lying is like asking magicians to reveal their tricks.
It’ll take all the fun out of an election, and ultimately we’ll wish we didn’t know.
NobodyisFlyingthePlane on either side. Running private email servers and deleting emails is unacceptable, but we have got to stop kidding ourselves about who we ask to run our country. They’re all devious by nature and we keep asking them back.
It’s sad to say but there are some bigger fish to fry right now than battling over private servers and missing messages.
Bush started a war over a lie for fuck’s sake. A lot of people died and nobody is holding him accountable.
There is no voter fraud occurring in the US. How have we willingly let the Republican Party create these lies only so they can suppress Democratic voters?
Sometimes they acknowledge it publicly. In 2012, a former Florida Republican Party chairman, Jim Greer, told The Palm Beach Post that voter ID laws and cutbacks in early voting are “done for one reason and one reason only” — to suppress Democratic turnout. Consultants, Mr. Greer said, “never came in to see me and tell me we had a fraud issue. It’s all a marketing ploy.”
The truth is that those who created the specter of voter fraud don’t care about the integrity of the voting system; they want to undermine the rights of legitimate voters because that helps them win elections.
The scary thing is how many Americans have bought into this charade.
The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth http://nyti.ms/2d3Ksar
We should be guard dogs, not lap dogs, and when the public sees Trump as more honest than Clinton, something has gone wrong.
For my part, I’ve never met a national politician as ill informed, as deceptive, as evasive and as vacuous as Trump. He’s not normal. And somehow that is what our barks need to convey.
When a Crackpot Runs for President http://nyti.ms/2cGYSQ7