Magazine article In These Times

Strangers to the Truth

Magazine article In These Times

Strangers to the Truth

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Never has a book been so needed. In Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics (Anchor Books), Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog, dissect how the Right advances its agenda by creating narratives based on what President Ronald Reagan, when caught telling a whopper, artfully termed "misstatements of fact." in other words, lies.

The political media is predisposed to treat public policy like sports, putting liars at an advantage. If every policy fight is simply covered as the blue team versus the red team, then truth invariably sits on the sideline. News organizations and reporters need to be held accountable when they give equal weight to scientists talking about climate change and industry-funded deniers. The same goes for other issues, where experts are pushed to the side in favor of TV-friendly pundits. …

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