Jun 6, 2011

The Story How Shameless Right-Wing Lies Came to Rule Our Politics


From Nixon's plumbers to James O'Keefe's video smears: How political lying became normal.

The following article first appeared in Mother Jones. 
It takes two things to make a political lie work: a powerful person or institution willing to utter it, and another set of powerful institutions to amplify it. The former has always been with us: Kings, corporate executives, politicians, and ideologues from both sides of the aisle have been entirely willing to bend the truth when they felt it necessary or convenient. So why does it seem as if we're living in a time of overwhelmingly brazen deception? What's changed?

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