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