Brigid Daull Brockway is technically a writer

Brigid Daull Brockway is technically a writer

A blog about words, wordplay, and etymology, with slightly more than occasional political rants.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pants on fire

After ten years covering congress for National Public Radio, journalist Andrea Seabrook is walking away, and she'll tell you exactly why: she's sick of being lied to. 
In interviews, she says that there's so much spin and so many lies spewing out of DC that it's pointless even trying to report on the things that politicians say. She says:
"Americans, real people, you have bought this line that we are on two teams in this country. There is a red team, and there is a blue team. When we've gotten to the point where your partisan stripe comes before your American citizenship, our shared culture, our shared values in this country, then we have a real problem at the nation — national, federal level. We vote for people who are going in there to fight red or blue instead of put that stuff down at the end of the election cycle and work on real problems that need to be solved."
I'm right behind Seabrook on her way out the door. News junkie that I am, I turn off the radio the minute NPR starts yet another report on the presidential race. I drive in silence a lot. I'm done listening to candidates lie. I'm done listening to NPR valiantly trying to sort out the truth from the lies, and if I hear one more lie out of my candidate's mouth, I'm voting for the damn lawn gnome (i.e., Dennis Kucinich).
NPR told me that a recent survey found that most people just don't care when candidates on their side of the aisle lie to them. Really? Is that what we've come to as a society? We're just hiring people to lie to us now?
Anybody want to pay me to lie to them? Barack Obama eats boiled babies. Paul Ryan took a poop on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Those organic tomatoes in the White House garden? Bought from Nazis and stapled to the stems.
Now where's my Benjamins?


Bersercules said...

Yeah, Americans really needed to vote for Ralph Nader back in the 90's and the early 2000s!

Anthony said...

I have to say that there's some false equivalence here. You're speaking as if both sides are lying equally, and that's just not the case. One side owns the vast majority of the lies, and to my mind that's enough reason to vote against them.

It's reasonable to expect better from your political party. But throwing your vote away because you're disappointed is a terrible idea, to say the least. Keep in mind that the other party hates pretty much everything you stand for.

Anthony said...

And now I have started thinking about how hard it would be to poop on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel, so thanks for that.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I find it absolutely appalling that the game of politics has depreciated into nothing but a game of spin, appearances, and innuendo. It is NOT okay with me that politicians lie, and it is NOT okay that those deep-pocketed PACs lie even more. But what's even worse is that most people can't sort the lies from the truth anymore, and end up with a close-minded tunnel vision based on what they think is true, even though the facts say otherwise.