Everybody’s Lying About Everything

Seymour Hersh

Veteran journalist Seymour Hersh says the Obama Administration is far worse that Bush and that everybody is lying about everything and the mainstream media are covering up and “carrying water” for Obama. Read more here.

One of the problems is the abundance of “information” from so many different sources. The internet has exploded with stories that purport to be “news stories” but are communicated through websites that are clearly propaganda outlets from either the political right, the political left or some religious or ideological angle. If everybody is not quite lying about everything certainly everybody is reading and writing news stories from their own narrow perspective.

Stories are out there like so much unsubstantiated garbage gossip. Sources are not given, authorities are not quoted, facts may be reported, but they are not supported and backed up. If this is how journalism had ended up, “history” is not much better. Instead of objective historical research we’re getting crank theories and sensationalist conspiracies or far out supernatural shock horror stories in order to pump up headlines, gather readers and promote advertising.

Seymour Hersh is right–where are the old fashioned fact hunting news hounds who will gather the truth and report it fearlessly even if it means being a subversive in society?

 

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • Headstand

    amen, Amen, AMEN!

    “The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple.” And he implores journalists to do something about it.”

    I’m convinced I live in the disinformation age and that journalism intentionally creates and perpetrates false or personal perception as opposed to relaying objective reality and truth. Lying has become our staple we hunger for it, as a nation we seem to rejoice in it’s consumption and proliferation not dissimilar to the serotonin effects of carbohydrates that end in belly fat. We need a diet, but who any longer, is willing to detox and suffer or withstand the inevitable drops in blood sugar, serotonin levels and hunger pangs?

  • David Rollins

    In sales, the maxim is ‘All prospects lie all the time’. Lying is a defensive move by prospects (us) against the presumed prevarications of sales people. I wonder if there could be a similar motive for reporters and journalists who wish to protect themselves against a wily editor or critical public.

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    That’s why I don’t care about the American media, just a bag of scoundrels who arrogate themselves as agents of transformation for whichever agenda, instead to sticking to reporting.

    I follow the British media a lot, as well as others. It’s possible to pick up a bias here and there, but the reporting is of a quality that I’ve never seen in America.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    Sorry, Seymour Hirsch would do well to keep silent on such things. http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/features/11719/

  • Stefanie

    Father, I was recently a criminal case juror, and when were finally behind closed doors in the jury room, after 20 days of trial and 16 witnesses, my opening remark was, “everybody in that courtroom is lying about something.” And everyone agreed.
    Troublesome times when the prevailing attitude amongst people of all professions and inclinations, is CYA.

  • Chesire11

    I agree with Hersh’s assessment that it is difficult, that it is difficult for the media to be properly critical of Obama, but I don’t think it is because of undue deference, nor to fear of criticizing our first African American president. I primarily attribute it to the absurdity of the president’s opposition, which has focused obsessively on sensationalist nonsense, like the president’s birth certificate, and over-hyped, and mostly contrived partisan political stories like the IRS scandal. When the opposition is pathological, any sane criticism runs the risk of conflation with the “tin foil hat brigade.”

    That said, it doesn’t for an instance excuse the media for its. deference. The media should not be assessing themselves on how they look, but upon what truths they reveal. By that score, they are an absilute, and abject failure

    • Howard

      Was the Iran-Contra affair a contrived partisan political story? How about Watergate?

      I’m just wondering if there is some kind of trend regarding when you regard the abuse of power as a serious issue that all sober-minded patriots must know about, as opposed to a pathological creation of the “tin foil hat brigade”.

      • Chesire11

        No, neither of those fall into “tin-foil” territory, but stories about 9/11 being an inside job, and about Bush (and now Obama) using FEMA as cover to set up concentration camps for political prisoners were the tin-foil of the left.

        The difference is that, on the left, only the radical fringe embraced such nutty ideas, whereas they are the bread and butter of political conservatism.

        This is what absolutely enrages me at the republican Party, they have forsworn their solemn duty to act as a responsible “loyal” opposition in favor of embarrassingly, blisteringly stupid emotion based opposition.

  • Howard

    I find the omissions far more telling that the outright lies. After all, it can still be embarrassing for a news agency to be caught in a clear falsehood, but omissions and partial truths can be used just as effectively to shape the public’s thinking in any desired direction.