The Big Lie: In that PW post I linked yesterday, Jeff said, regarding anti-war propagandists:
For several years, these people have been testing the water, trying to gauge the size of the lies they can get away with. Unsurprisingly, they’ve come to realize that, if they all simply insist on the “truthfulness” of a given lie of their own creation and marketing, that little piece of the greater war narrative will, with the help of a compliant media, slowly ossify into “fact” . . . If the Wilson and Clarke scandals taught the left anything, it is that there are no real consequences—at least to their side—for making bad-faithed charge after bad-faithed charge.He went on to cite disingenuous U.S.-used-chemical-weapons-in-Iraq stories to underline his point. Now Jeff has cited another example of even more blatant lies and manipulation, in which the video/audio of a U.S. helicopter attack in Fallujah was edited to make it appear to be a massacre of civilians (when in fact the whole thing shows that U.S. soldiers were painstaking in their application of rules of engagement). You have to read it to believe it.
. . . in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.Once you've looked for yourself, come back and tell me how it's not the Big Lie.