As Mister Blunt and Cranky kvetched yesterday, lying in politics has hit a new high (or low) with the current GOP ticket: these two a**holes have even less respect for the truth than did Nixon, ferchrissakes.  So he thought it would be good to explain three often-used lying techniques so that you can more easily filter through the B.S.

Newspeak: The term is from George Orwell, but the tool is one that post-Ford Repubs (especially the Rovians and Atwaters) have honed to a fine edge and used with ever-increasing frequency and effectiveness of late.  It involves taking existing words and making them mean (or generate an emotion) that is contrary to the original meaning and intent; or, making new words up completely. Examples:

  • Instead of “Democratic Party”, say “Democrat Party”, emphasizing the syllable “Rat” to add a negative association to a formerly neutral word.
  • Take a market-based private-sector health-care system and call it “Socialist”, thus misrepresenting the nature and essence of the program.
  • Add an adjective to a noun and do so consistently: e.g. “Failed Stimulus”, whether the adjective fits or not.

Loud and Often: State a lie as if it were the truth, and do so consistently, at high volume (shout other speakers down if they try to state an alternative case) and as frequently as possible. Examples:

  • Once again, “Failed Stimulus” – that is a lie, but because this phrase has been used so much and so loudly, people are starting to believe  the lie.
  • The “Obama Deficit” – It is actually a combined Bush/Obama deficit, but because this phrase has been used so much and so loudly, people are starting to believe the lie.
  • “Failure” – In fact, Obama, like all Prexies, has a mixed record, but you’d never know it from the lie-driven media coverage.

Selectivity: State a partial truth, or an individual fact that is true. Leave out context or additional facts that would expose the liar as, well, lying. Examples:

  • “You didn’t build that” – removed from a poorly-constructed sentence and used to convey a message that is      absolutely opposite of what the full statement meant.
  • “Bain Capital Created 100,000 jobs” –  Fails to mention the tens of thousands of other jobs that were cut, or sent overseas; the companies that went bankrupt; or the fact that many of the jobs were at minimum wage or below, and part-time at that.
  • “I worked three jobs to go to college” – Paul Ryan had a paper route, mowed lawns, and shoveled snow, like lots of kids: most of us would not call that “working three jobs”. In fact, he was a child of wealth and never knew want or financial uncertainty. He was sufficiently affluent that he could bank the Social Security Benefits he received as a teenager and use them to pay for much of his college education.

The Crankster is not saying that Dems, Whigs, Tories, Commies, and other parties do not use the same techniques: of course they do. But, as opposed to the occasional fib or whopper that most politicos employ when they see an opportunity or advantage, the modern Republican party is unique in that it has made lying a central part of its communication strategy.

Later this week  –  a few examples of just how deep the layers of bulls*** have become.

Mr. B & C