Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Political Chronosynclastic Infundibulum

You Vonnegut fans know that is a distorted region of the space-time continuum where all possible opinions are true. Hmm.

Donald T. Rump continues to have a dominating lead among likely Republican primary voters even though, according to PolitiFact (yeah, yeah, they should fact-check themselves more often) of 100 statements by Trump they have fact checked, they find not one to be completely true and only 5 to be mostly true -- and those are mostly insults of other Republican candidates.

While Mitt Romney was running for president, he told 533 lies in 30 weeks. Yeah, he lost by 3% in the end but it wasn't because of lying, which the corporate media completely ignored.

Carly Fiorina just keeps repeating her lie about the "Planned Parenthood" video, which has a) nothing to do with Planned Parenthood, b) probably wasn't even made in the United States and c) does not depict an abortion but a non-viable pre-term delivery.

Obviously none of this matters to Republican voters, or to CNN or NPR. It doesn't matter if it's true, according to Cokie's Law, what matters is that "it's out there." In 2012, the New York Times "public editor" questioned whether the newspaper should be a "truth vigilante." It isn't the job of reporters to point out when politicians are lying, it's their job to channel the lies.

We are seriously screwed.

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