Lies


The most common form of manipulation is lying. Below are examples of this practice.


Bush Betrays Troops, Vets the White House is always saying "Support Our Troops"... but do they?


"...a class of drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)... Prozac and Paxil... Celexa, Effexor, and Zoloft... might trigger suicide and other violence... SSRI makers have dismissed all allegations...

"...access to private company archives.. found a variety of unpublished studies, including many from the 1980s, confirming a link between SSRIs, agitation and violence...

"SSRI makers, it seems, have embraced the well-tested tobacco-company tactic of denial, denial, denial... billions of dollars in revenue are at stake... That may explain the failure of the FDA to act..." ("Trouble in Prozac Nation." The Nation, Jan. 5, 2004: 6-7).


"...the very notion that they were considering postponing the election should give us pause.

"Part of the problem with the way Bush has been waging the war on terror is that his rhetoric makes it appear as though America has never been so threatened. But that is not the case. Our country was much more in peril during the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War than it is now. And we still had elections during these conflicts" ("Election Terrors." The Progressive, Sep. 2004: 10).


"Alan Greenspan has recently been frightening Americans again, as he did in April, by threatening that Congress will have to cut Social Security benefits to fund retirement for "aging Boomers." In fact, the trust fund is solvent until 2042 and sloshing with surpluses. Manufacturing a crisis helps Congressional conservatives spill our precious contributions into the unquenchable stock market" (Margaret Morganroth Gullette. "Playing the Age Card." The Nation, Nov. 1, 2004: 8, 29).


"I especially enjoyed this [Bush] gem: "And yet, think where we are. Added 1.9 million new jobs in the last 13 months." Excuse me? The new employment numbers came out just before the debate--95,000 new jobs last month, not even enough to keep up with the 150,000 newbies who come into the labor market every month. In other words, a net job loss of 55,000 in September, for a grand total of nearly 1 million jobs lost under Bush. How dumb does he think we are?

"Also in the lies/damn lies category, how nice that 75 percent of "key members" of Al Qaeda have been captured, according to Bush. According to independent terrorism experts, the figure has no meaning at all" (Molly Ivins. "'Misunderestimating' the Public." Texas Observer, 10/22/04: 14).


A form of lying is silence. For instance, the Bush administration's refusal to let the media broadcast pictures of the coffins of servicemen coming back from Iraq. The level of violence is also escalating in Iraq, but the government does not allow the media to report the constant examples of violence: downed helicopters, murdered military, crimes in the streets. Again, when the job numbers did not make the Bush administration look good, they simply discontinued reporting those numbers.

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""I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated," Bush said... Those who have paid more than passing attention to the Bush human rights record will regard his "deep disgust" as ironic, if not entirely contrived" (Eric Bosse. "George Bush's Selective Disgust." http://www.bushwhackedusa.com/disgust.html, 8-12-04).

"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." - George W. Bush (This from a man who, as Governor of Texas, oversaw more executions of prisoners than any other state, a man who, as President, was ultimately responsible for the torturing of prisoners in Iraq).


A form of lying is silence. For instance, the Bush administration's refusal to let the media broadcast pictures of the coffins of servicemen coming back from Iraq. The level of violence is also escalating in Iraq, but the government does not allow the media to report the constant examples of violence: downed helicopters, murdered military, crimes in the streets. Again, when the job numbers did not make the Bush administration look good, they simply discontinued reporting those numbers.


""I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated," Bush said... Those who have paid more than passing attention to the Bush human rights record will regard his "deep disgust" as ironic, if not entirely contrived" (Eric Bosse. "George Bush's Selective Disgust." http://www.bushwhackedusa.com/disgust.html, 8-12-04).

"No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." - George W. Bush (This from a man who, as Governor of Texas, oversaw more executions of prisoners than any other state, a man who, as President, was ultimately responsible for the torturing of prisoners in Iraq).


"When George W. Bush was aksed about torture in early November, he said: "Any activity we conduct is within the law. We do not torture." How could he say that after the hundreds of convincing reports of torture and maltreatment? One possible answer is that he has not allowed himself to know the truth. Another is that his lawyers have so gutted the law governing these matters that not much, in their view, is unlawful.

"But there is another explanation for Bush's words: confidence that words can overcome reality. Just as a large part of the American people could be led to believe in nonexistent links between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 bombers, so it could be persuaded--in the teeth of the evidence--that "we do not torture." And there is reason for that confidence" (Anthony Lewis. "The Torture Administration." The Nation, Dec. 26, 2005: 13-15).


"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence" (Napoleon).


"How we think about wealth creation is important since policies such as large tax cuts for the wealthy often draw on the myth of the self-made man,...

The self-made man... "where would many wealthy entrepreneurs be today without taxpayer investment in the Internet, transportation, public education, legal system, the human genome and so on?"

"Jim Sherblom, a venture capitalist and former chief financial officer of the biotech firm, Genzyme, says, "The opportunities to create wealth are all taking advantage of public goods like roads, transportation, markets and public investments. None of us can claim it was all personal initiative. A piece of it was built upon this infrastructure that we all have this inherent moral obligation to keep intact."

("It Takes a Village to Make a Millionaire: New Report Blasts Myth of the Self-Made Man." http://responsiblewealth.org/notalone/, accessed 8/9/04).


">Colby Glass, MLIS