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Interesting Links for 23-01-2017


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Jan. 24th, 2017 02:30 am (UTC)
Politics only works when everyone agrees to keep to the same set of lies which lie within one step of the truth. The Brexit Leave Campaign and the Trump presidential campaign decided that they didn't even need to be within spitting distance of the truth, and they demonstrated that it takes a different mode to deal with it. The media and the opposition must stop trying to deal with the barrage of lies and say "you're a liar, almost everything you say is a lie. When you tell something close to the truth, we will debate you. Until then, we're going to talk to people about our positive message and our integrity". This only works, though, when the press are willing to cover it and don7t pile in with the liars because it's entertaining.
The current problem the US press has with Spicer shows they're waking up to it, but they still haven't dealt with their own complicity in his rise or the likelihood that it can and will happen again.
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