September 16, 2004

"…I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."

Take a look at this article by George Neumayr. It's about Dan Rather, but it fits perfectly the "It's OK to lie to show Bush lied" mentality we see so much of:

On The O'Reilly Factor not so long ago, Dan Rather spoke in defense of public figures who make stuff up. He called Bill Clinton an "honest man" even as he acknowledged Clinton's whoppers. "Who among us have not lied about somebody?" asked Rather. "I think at the core he's an honest person…I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."

You can be an honest person and lie about any number of things. This elastic philosophy of honesty must account for Rather's view of himself as a witness to "core truth" while peddling a forgery against the President. Rather sees a "core truth" wrapped in a forgery inside his CBS reporting, and he is outraged that his critics won't admit it. He is in effect saying: Didn't this forgery at least place me in the vicinity of truth? He lashes out at "people who for their own partisan, political agendas can't deny the core truth of this story…and want to change the subject and make the story about me rather than have the story be about the unanswered questions about President Bush's military service."

The audacity here is surreal, though typical of the post-1960s ends-justify-the-means moral arrogance Rather imbibed as a Watergate reporter....

Falsehoods are justified if they contain a "core truth." How very Nixonian these Dems have become. Nixon, by the way, had a "core truth" that justified, in his mind, a lot of falsehoods. He wasn't just power-hungry. He was pursuing, with Kissinger, elaborate schemes for world peace and stability. Now the old Watergater Dan Rather has become "the new Nixon."

I think a lot of Kerry supporters are guided by a "core truth" that it's the "normal" order of things that the Democrats are the majority party, always "helping" the little guy through big-government programs, and justified in all things by the Civil Rights Movement. And that the Truman Doctrine is forever. Both these verities are now being discarded by events, and that's enough to turn any and all Democrat lies into "truths."

(Thanks to Betsy Newmark)

Posted by John Weidner at September 16, 2004 7:09 AM
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