Posted by Larry Doyle on June 23, 2014
Sense on Cents: One of the best lines I ever read in The Wall Street Journal was attributed to then CEO of First Boston Allen Wheat. When asked about a senior executive who had recently departed the firm, Wheat rhetorically inquired and responded, “How do you know when he is lying?” “His lips move.”
Regrettably, couldn’t we say the same about so many of our so called political and business leaders? I think there is little doubt.
Life in and around Washington, Wall Street, and elsewhere in America now seems much more to revolve around rationalization than integrity. With the media often complicit in allowing the lying to go fully unchecked, our society suffers. Against this backdrop, I am very excited to pick up a copy of a book scheduled to be released tomorrow entitled 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity written by a new Sense on Cents favorite but longstanding journalistic giant Charles Lewis.
What are some of the Lies for The Ages as designated by Lewis?:
“Cigarette smoking is no more ‘addictive’ than coffee, tea or Twinkies.”: James W. Johnston, CEO of RJR Nabisco (Congressional testimony), April 14, 1994
“If you like the [health care] plan you have, you can keep it.”: President Barack Obama, November 6, 2009 (similarly stated numerous times)
“I can say categorically that . . . no one in the White House staff, no one in this Administration, presently employed, was involved in this very bizarre incident.”: President Richard Nixon, discussing the Watergate burglary, press conference, August 29, 1972
“We found the weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq]. We found biological laboratories.”: President George W. Bush, May 29, 2003
In what reads like manna from heaven for those starving for the truth, a preview of Lewis’ book offers the following:
Facts are—and must be—the coin of the realm in a democracy, for a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” demands an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction has always been a formidable challenge, often with life-and-death consequences. Those in power habitually seek to control the flow of information, corrupting its content and using lies, distortions, or simple suppression to cover their crimes.
Today that quest for truth is more difficult and confusing than ever. The cacophony of the internet, the flood of axe-grinding commentary on cable TV, and the growing legions of paid lobbyists and advocates eager to twist the truth all help to erode the sense of authority once granted to responsible journalists. History is sculpted by its absence.
I welcome reading and reviewing this book. – See more HERE.
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