As we have been informed lately, we now live in the “Post-Truth Era.” (Shades of Orwell’s “1984!”)
This morning, Kellyanne Conway made the rounds of the political talking heads programs to proclaim that Trump’s (aka Duh Fuhrer) bald face lies are simply “alternative facts.”
That’s very much akin to saying things like, “War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.” “Ignorance is strength.”
Dan Rather quickly took to his FaceBook page this morning to respond to Kellyanne Conway’s claim about “alternative facts.” To say the least, he NAILED IT!
The following are a just a few choice quotes:
These are not normal times.
When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…
when you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…
when you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….
these are not normal times.
(I have to be honest, there are times when I wonder when we fell into the wormhole and ended up in Bizarro World.)
What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!”
Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it.
The situation we are in reminds me of another Orwell quote that captures the essence of the current administration and Regressive controlled congress:
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.
You can check out Mr Rather’s entire post here.
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