Thursday, January 26, 2006

Lies, Lies, Lies: They're Gonna' Get You!

In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.
...Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Scott McClellan the White House press secretary said this about George W. Bush and disgraced lobbyist, Jack Ambramoff: "The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him..."

From Time Magazine: The President's memory may soon be unhappily refreshed. TIME has seen five photographs of Abramoff and the President that suggest a level of contact between them that Bush's aides have downplayed. (
FULL STORY HERE).

***

Right now, 4:12 pm, January 26, 2006 I am watching Oprah Winfrey grill author, James Frey about his book, "
A Million Little Pieces".

Frey, as you may know, claimed that his book about rehab, prison, and various other tales of sordid macho adventures, was a true story;
The Smoking Gun, however has found out otherwise (FULL STORY HERE) -- Oprah, who does not like being played for a fool, trumpeted Frey's book last fall and interviewed the author and generally made his book a best-seller as well as a selection of Ms. Winfrey's book club. On today's show, the chat-fest maven is calling Frey on his lies ... I can't bear to watch, so I am listening to it in the other room while on-line.

***

Stories like these should come as no surprise. We live in a culture of lies and liars, Bill Clinton never had sex with that woman; Saddam had weapons of mass destruction; Tom and Katie are in love; FOX News is fair and balanced...


From
Munchhausen Syndrome to Stephen Glass; From Jayson Blair to those dozens of chain e-mails one gets that claim that Applebees is going to give you a free meal or that Microsoft is giving away trips to Disneyland, we are a society obsessed with the fantastic, willing to belive the falsehoods fed to us on a daily basis, rather than seeking out the truth.

We love our liars!

And heck, if you are a good enough liar, you might get your own TV show, or a book publishing deal, or maybe even become the president ...

No comments: