Thursday, September 8, 2016

NYT: Donald Trump Is Lying in Plain Sight

(Mod: Here's an excerpt from an opinion piece in today's New York Times by Charles M. Blow. We have heard so much from "The Donald" about "Lying Ted Cruz" and "Lying Hilary Clinton," but can it be the biggest liar of all is Trump himself? You can read the entire column by clicking here.)

It has generally been my experience that when people pepper their speech with the phrase “believe me,” they are not to be believed. The default position among people of honor — the silent agreement between speaker and listener — is one of truth and trust. But Donald Trump is not a person of honor. Presidents lie. Politicians lie. People lie. But Trump lies with a ferocious abandon.

For instance, the fact-checking website PolitiFact found that of the statements by Hillary Clinton that it checked, 22 percent were completely “true” and another 28 percent were “mostly true.” But Trump is another animal. There is no true equivalency between Trump and Clinton, or between Trump and any other politician, for that matter. Only 4 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked were rated as completely “true” and only another 11 percent were even rated as “mostly true.” Seventy percent of Trump’s statements that the site checked were rated as “mostly false,” “false” or “pants on fire,” the site’s worse rating. The truth shifts beneath Trump like sand. He has no regard for the firmness of fact. For him, fact is as pliant as that Play-Doh he handed out to flood victims in Louisiana.

Indeed, PolitiFact named Trump’s collective “campaign misstatements” the 2015 Lie of the Year, writing: “It’s the trope on Trump: He’s authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. That’s because Donald Trump doesn’t let facts slow him down. Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years.”

The site quotes from Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” in which he says, “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.” In fact, Tony Schwartz was the ghostwriter for that book and in July he blasted Trump in an interview in The New Yorker: “Schwartz says of Trump, ‘He lied strategically. He had a complete lack of conscience about it.’ Since most people are ‘constrained by the truth,’ Trump’s indifference to it ‘gave him a strange advantage.’”

Some PolitiFact ratings (link):


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44 comments:

  1. Hillary dismissed the deaths in Benghazi of Americans in her speech last night, by saying "no one died in Libya". Hillary shame on you.

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    1. Trump repeatedly kissed Putin's arse.

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    2. "It's perfectly clear from her full comments that Hillary Clinton was saying not a single American life was lost during the Libyan intervention. We heeded the calls of our allies, our partners in the region, and the Libyan people and helped topple a murderous dictator who was prepared to massacre his own citizens, all without putting American boots on the ground,"

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    3. The Trump Drone: "Benghazi ... emails ... Benghazi ... emails ... Benghazi ... emails ... " Anything to avoid having to face the fact that Trump is a naive idiot with a man crush on a foreign America hating dictator.

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    4. Agree, 7:18. The Trump camp is simple-minded.

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    5. They don't think, they just parrot propaganda.

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    6. Sorry pal, Benghazi been proven time and again to be a red herring. Trump is playing you for a fool

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  2. Trump thinks Putin is a great leader,oh wait he's a dictator?
    But he was elected by his people,oh wait nobody was permitted to run against him.
    Donald Trump is a national embarrassment.

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  3. Gary Johnson ,on MSNBC; had an "opp's" moment when asked about his strategy with fighting ISIS in Alepo were thousands have been killed. "What's Alepo?" Mr. Johnson asks.

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    1. What's Alepo? I've heard of Aleppo.

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    2. Aleppo is a miserable flyblown city in Syria where desperately poor people kill each other for the stupidest of reasons.

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  4. Bernie Sanders treated unfairly by the Democratic party in favor of the Clinton Dynasty.

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    1. Clinton got 16.8 million votes in the Democratic primaries to 13.2 million for Sanders. Sorry to befuddle you with the facts, but that's what really happened. Stop being a Fox Pawn.
      http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/was-the-democratic-primary-a-close-call-or-a-landslide/

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  5. Clinton Foundation apparently not offering Julian Assange enough money; not, to release information from cyberspace that was captured over the years from un protected servers.

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    1. The various hacks of Democrat na d Clinton computer files and emails was a Russian operation. The information was then sent to Putin's little blond boy Julian for later dissemination. I know the traitor wing of the GOP is big on relying upon the efforts of hostile foreign governments to win elections, but for the rest of the American people such a thing is known as treason. Kind of like the people who sided with the Germans before WWII.

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    2. Hear, hear 7:42.

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  6. 7:42 am. That would be the majority of Germans placed Hitler into power. History has shown that if you tell enough lies and make false promises to the un informed populace ; blindly "she" sounds convincing.

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    1. sorry 8:45 - hitler never got more than 38% of the german vote

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    2. Now there's a coincidence. That is right where Trump is polling now.

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  7. Trump is being accused of human trafficking.
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/09/trump-models-illegal-immigration-investigation-barbara-boxer-letter

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  8. Shriller holds brief A.M. update in order to clarify what "she"didn't get to say! Cautious minions; don't go off liberal script in the up coming debates or you may be labeled un fair.

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    1. Actually she covered a lot of issues. Trump's vast ignorance, his anti-American military bashing, his craven and possibly seditious sucking up to Putin. Trump's bizarre performance last night has doomed whatever slim chances he had of winning this election.

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  9. Funny how right wing nut jobs think the word liberal is pejorative.

    Just what is it that you have against liberty, 9:39?

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  10. American Liberty League. Intriguing.

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  11. Look at the last chart and at Bernie Sanders. Seems in the American system the most honest politician has no chance.

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    1. Bernie got a few million less votes than his opponent. That is how it works in democracies.

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    2. Except when you have an electoral college.. Then the popular vote is worthless

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  12. 10:46 & 10:58. Alepo is the city where all of that non- existing stock pile of Weapons of Mass destruction continues to show up.

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  13. Even as a Socialist; Bernie did have honesty and knowledge going for him.

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    1. "Even as a socialist…." Looks like 11:23 doesn't use our country's socialist infrastructure, including the electrical grid and internet he used to comment. Bet he doesn't use public roads and highways, police and fire, or national defense. Heard he dug his own well, too.

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    2. It is only socialist when others are getting the benefits and you aren't.

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  14. 12:44 pm. How Marxist of you.

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    1. Must have gone over your head.

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  15. Hitler was less popular than Obama

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    1. Hitler played race politics, playing one ethnic group off of another. Kind of similar to what Donald "The Wall" Trump is doing.

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    2. How ridiculose can you get. Is Trump invading other countries, putting people in camps or suggesting mass genocide? Be a little more responsible with your comments or maybe pick up a history book....

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    3. Of course not. He isn't in office yet.

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  16. Similar to the party of Poverty Politicians and the racial divisions coming from the White House. Hillery break out your hot sauce!

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    1. Paranoid po'bucker rednecks mostly.

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    2. why you spell her name like that? creepy

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  18. "It's not a lie if you believe it to be true" - George Costanza, circa 1994

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  19. Politifact is very left wing. It's a joke to cite them as if they're some non-partisan, non-ideological arbitrator.
    Barack and Hillary and Slow Joe lie every time they open their mouths, yet according to Politifact, they're neck-and-neck with Abe Lincoln and Mother Teresa when it comes to telling the truth.
    Hey, but if you like your Politifact, you can keep your Politifact. (LOL)

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    1. The traitor wing of the GOP has completely lost me. I don't even care.

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