2008 The Lying Game
posted by September 11 at 11:12 AMon
We don’t object to people reprinting our articles. In fact, our copyright policy encourages it. But we’ve also asked that “the editorial integrity of the article be preserved” and told those who use our items that “you should not edit the original in such a way as to alter the message.”McCain-Palin 2008 Ad:”Fact Check.”
Announcer: The attacks on Governor Palin have been called “completely false”…”misleading.”
On screen: Photo of Obama, FactCheck.org banner, “‘completely false’ . . . ‘misleading’ 9/0/08”
And, they’ve just begun.
The [Wall Street] Journal reports Obama “air-dropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers” into Alaska to dig dirt on Governor Palin.
As Obama drops in the polls, he’ll try to destroy her.
Obama’s “politics of hope”? Empty words.
McCain: I’m John McCain and I approved this message.
Less Than Honest
With its latest ad, released Sept. 10, the McCain-Palin campaign has altered our message in a fashion we consider less than honest. The ad strives to convey the message that FactCheck.org said “completely false” attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin had come from Sen. Barack Obama. We said no such thing. We have yet to dispute any claim from the Obama campaign about Palin.
If “less than honest” means something, then “more than honest” must also mean something. But “more than honest” means nothing (being honest is as much as a person can be), and so “less than honest” means nothing. Let’s be absolute on this matter: McCain is lying about Obama. That’ all he is doing, no more and no less.
But why does McCain need to lie? Why not just tell the truth about Obama? Surely there’s a truth or two that McCain can use to discredit Obama’s character and politics. Surely he and his hardworking team can find these truths and not have to resort to outright lies. And in this particular case, why is the truth better than its opposite? Because resorting to lies, as McCain has done, can only mean one thing: there’s no real reason not to vote for Obama. This fact alone exposes the desperate content (or core) of McCain/Palin’s candidacy: to deprive Americans of a better president. That’s all they are doing and nothing more. If this weren’t the case, then why the need to continually manufacture lies (instead of revealing truths) about Obama?
I rest my case.