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January 18, 2022

Slanted Reporting Can Lead To Bad Foreign Policies

When reading this New York Times piece about economic growth in China one might come away with the impression that the country is trending towards a recession.


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China’s Economy Is Slowing, a Worrying Sign for the World
Economic output climbed 4 percent in the last quarter of 2021, slowing from the previous quarter. Growth has faltered as home buyers and consumers become cautious.

BEIJING — Construction and property sales have slumped. Small businesses have shut because of rising costs and weak sales. Debt-laden local governments are cutting the pay of civil servants.

China’s economy slowed markedly in the final months of last year as government measures to limit real estate speculation hurt other sectors as well. Lockdowns and travel restrictions to contain the coronavirus also dented consumer spending. Stringent regulations on everything from internet businesses to after-school tutoring companies have set off a wave of layoffs.

China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday that economic output from October through December was only 4 percent higher than during the same period a year earlier. That was a deceleration from the 4.9 percent growth in the third quarter, July through September.

The world’s demand for consumer electronics, furniture and other home comforts during the pandemic has produced record-setting exports for China, preventing its growth from stalling.

Note all the negative attributes sprinkled into nearly every sentence. China's economy must be in really bad shape.

Up to that point the piece has not mentioned its core data point - which is sensationally good and should have been in the headline.

That follows only now, after the reader has been sufficiently prepared to think it is actually bad. The sensationally good data point gets immediately dampened with another negative sentence.

Over all of last year, China’s economic output was 8.1 percent higher than in 2020, the government said. But much of the growth was in the first half of last year.

8.1% growth, after 2.3% growth in Covid 2020 seems excellent to me. It is beyond the 6% target the government had set and higher than previous estimates. For China it is the fastest growth rate in a decade.


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Overall the decades the GDP growth trend in China is moving down. This is normal for societies without population growth when they come near to their upper economic potential. In one or two decades China is likely to have consistent growth rates of around 2 to 4% with small recessions sprinkled in every now and then.

For now China's Central Bank is pushing for even higher growth:

China will open its monetary policy toolbox wider to maintain the stability of total credit, Liu Guoqiang, a deputy governor of the People's Bank of China (PBC), the country's central bank, said on Tuesday, vowing to roll out more pro-stability policies until the downward pressure on the economy is fundamentally eased.
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In a fresh easing move, the PBC on Monday lowered the rate on seven-day reverse repurchase agreements by 10 basis points (bps) to 2.1 percent and cut the interest rate on the one-year medium-term lending facility (MLF) to 2.85 percent from 2.95 percent.

The reduction in the two key policy rates was the first in about two years.

Moreover, according to Liu, commercial banks will submit optimal quotations for the loan prime rate (LPR) on Thursday. The LPR, the de facto benchmark lending rate, is updated on the 20th of every month, which falls on Thursday this time.

Unlike the 'western' central banks which printed money and lowered rates to under 0% to save their financial markets, China still has ways and means to expand its economy. Its building sector is overindebted and a bit shaky but will not be allowed to come crashing down.

The NYT tends to write in a negative tone about the economies of all perceived U.S. 'enemies'. It is a huge mistake as it leads to delusions in U.S. politicians and leaders.

When former Senator John McCain called Russia 'a gas station masquerading as a country' he demonstrated the effects of such indoctrination.

Russia is the worlds fourth biggest electricity producer directly behind the much bigger China, United States and India. It is number five in global steel production with only 2% less output than the United States. Its official GDP numbers in U.S. dollar look lower than Italy's. But an estimated one third of Russia's economy is running informal and off the books and, corrected for that, its GDP at purchase power parity is bigger than Germany's.

Readers of the New York Times and other U.S. media do not learn such things. That is why they underestimate what they are up to when they push for conflict with Russia or China. The lack of real knowledge about the world is what creates bad foreign policies.

 

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Don Bacon@86 and Sushi@95

Completely agree. Re Odessa, given that the fire and massacre occurred at the Trade Unions House, in another universe at another time I might have expected Canada's so-called left wing political party (NDP) to take some notice.

Posted by: spudski | Jan 19 2022 16:57 utc | 101

TThe lack of real knowledge about the world is what creates bad foreign policies.

Yeah, well. One is again led again and again to the debate of 'Stupid or Evil?' Especially with an Establishment organ like the NYT, it's a question of reinforcing a world view or trying to impose a world view. Could be either or both.

I've known enough people to fall for their own propaganda to just observe operations in and for a non-reality world and call it good.

Posted by: jhill | Jan 19 2022 16:58 utc | 102

Spudski 99
Canada has not had a left NDP since the late Great Jack Layton.
Mulcare was the nail in the coffin.
Jagmeet is an open tool of the 'new canada'
I no longer participate

Posted by: ld | Jan 19 2022 17:18 utc | 103

William Gruff @97--

Thanks for spelling that all out for it reveals why I insist Russia must talk to those actually in control of the nation, not the powder-puffs they hide behind. In Grushko's interview yesterday with Kommersant, he outlines further contradictory incidents within NATO where violations of their own doctrines occur:

"Security is either indivisible to everyone, or it simply does not exist. All states "have the right to equal security" – another quote from the OSCEdocuments.

"But even in relations between NATO allies, these principles are applied very selectively, depending on political expediency.

"Example: Germany chose Nord Stream 2 to strengthen its energy security. Turkey – Russian S-400 complexes for military security. Immediately, both parts of Brussels – NATO and EU – forgot about the principle of free choice and remembered the principle of solidarity. The principle of solidarity has long been used within NATO and the EU as a mechanism to force their own allies to abandon the principle of freedom of choice. That's the reality.

"I witnessed several meetings between NATO and the EU that took place after the UN Security Council voted on resolution 1973 on the imposition of a no-fly zone in Libya, which was then grossly violated by NATO countries. I was simply amazed at the ostracism and unacceptable pressure that the representatives of Germany were subjected to for the fact that Berlin decided to abstain. Germany's allies then somehow forgot about its right to a sovereign choice, accusing Berlin of unacceptably undermining European and NATO solidarity." [My Emphasis]

Clearly, whatever fits the current narrative is what's adopted--fixing the facts around the policy. The result is the abandonment of all standards, which is essentially the same as falsifying reality then basing policy from those falsehoods. If every post-WW2 intervention made by the Outlaw US Empire's examined, false assumptions and narratives will be found as the basis for all of them, and all of them resulted in the deaths and displacement of many millions of innocents.

When reality finally catches up with the Outlaw US Empire, the impact will be devastating such that no lie will be capable of deflecting what's coming.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 19 2022 17:33 utc | 104

@Oriental Voice #60
In terms of actual deaths caused, bankruptcies caused, mental anguish, etc - health care wins hands down.
As I noted before - the entire legal industry takes in less than $70B a year. Even if their impact was 10x their revenue, the legal industry would still be 1/2 to 1/3 a parasite on the US economy vs. health care (note it is actually less: The $1.5T to $2.0T in excess health care spending is vs. the <$70B in revenue for the entire legal business).

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:35 utc | 105

@Tom_Q_Collins #61
Counterpunch was funded and run by Alexander Silverstein and Alexander Cockburn.
While Jeffrey St. Clair did join the team later, it is 100% clear from the changes in quality that Cockburn was the driving force behind Counterpunch until his death in 2012.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:38 utc | 106

@Tim #79
China has announced they plan to build 150 nuclear plants.
To put this in perspective, there are a total of less than 450 nuclear plants in the world now.
So even if you believe in the peak oil/steep decline nonsense, China clearly is not relying on just oil for its future energy needs.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:42 utc | 107

Using the word "slanted" when reporting on China... can lead to bad jokes

Posted by: Et Tu | Jan 19 2022 17:45 utc | 108

@Sushi #93
A key part of your analysis that is wrong is the failure to mention East Asia/the 2nd and 3rd world.
In the past, these places had no money and were largely divorced from the world energy markets.
This is no longer true, and the relative lower wealth and high production economies of many of these countries (China as the lead example) are such that they can derive more economic value from LNG or oil than the West, nor does the West have more money.
We are seeing this right now. In the past, a shortage in Europe would lead to all of the world's LNG going there even to the detriment of existing relationships.
Today, it is the opposite: more LNG is heading to East Asia due to higher prices than to Europe despite high spot demand.
The same can be said for oil, coal or any other resource in demand worldwide.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:46 utc | 109

speaking of slanted reporting, craig murray has a related article up - Telling Lies on an International Scale

Posted by: james | Jan 19 2022 17:47 utc | 110

@ willy2 #6
You sort of quoted one of my heros, Samuel Clemens
Here's the full quote

"Figures often beguil me, particularly when I have the arranging of them to myself, in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would apply with justice and force: There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

I did some digging and it looks like it goes back to a letter to the editor of The National Observer in June 1891.

I'm sure you've all heard of Operation Mockingbird and I have no doubt this is on on-going endeavor. No doubt, indeed.
Just like MK-Ultra
And every program exposed by Mr. Snowden, limited hangout or not.

If I may be allowed another brief reply to @ kukulkan #76
Have you heard of or possibly read of
Homefirst Health Services, in Chicago?
Over 30,000 children and over 15,000 live births and not one single case of Broad Spectrum Disorders.
Just like Amish communities, zero vaccinations of ANY kind.

Lastly, a Big Thank You to @ alaff #98!
Brilliant!
Blessings to All

Posted by: Lauren | Jan 19 2022 17:49 utc | 111

@b
Just a quick note:
2% to 4% GDP growth for a largely stagnant population is a very different thing than 2% to 3% growth for a nation for whom the population is increasing by 2%+ a year due to immigration etc.
A simple example: if we say the average Chinese is 1/4 as wealthy as an American today but China averages 3% growth over population vs. the US' growth of 1% over population - it means the relative wealth disparity will fall to 2/5ths in 25 years.
Personally, I don't see China's growth falling into the 2% to 4% range anywhere as soon as you think. The reason is that the domestic Chinese consumption economy is still extremely stunted due to China's mercantile policies.
If we look to other examples, Japan grew its internal consumption enormously in the years after the Plaza accords which is why it is a first tier infrastructure nation today.
But we will see.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:53 utc | 112

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:38 utc | 104
"Counterpunch was funded and run by Alexander Silverstein and Alexander Cockburn".

c1ue, Silverstein's first name is Ken. Admit your error! :-)

"Counterpunch was started by Silverstein back in 1994. It was then based in Washington D. C. Silverstein was later joined by St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn. At this point, in 1996, Silverstein left and Cockburn and St. Clair became the co-editors. Silverstein stayed on as a regular contributor. CP


Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 19 2022 18:14 utc | 113



Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 17:46 utc | 107

I don't mean to be harsh but there is nothing in your comment which invalidates mine.

First, I spoke of a global market and the effect of the pricing mechanism. I presumed the word "global" to reference all markets including "East Asia/the 2nd and 3rd world."

Second, you are correct when you state that the most productive economies will have the greatest capacity to accept high energy prices. They will be able to outbid all other customers. Their high productivity will deliver the excess margins that permit paying the high market price and still turning a profit.

Third, I used US / EU NGL trade as an example. It is possible to write a book on global energy stocks and flows. I was writing an illustrative comment.

Fourth, the statement "nor does the West have more money" is partially incorrect. The western hegemon, the USA, does have more money as it can print any amount it desires and this money printing is financed by all of its trading partners. See the work of Michael Hudson for a detailed explanation of this phenomenon.

Fifth, it is not clear that the current "free market" conditions will prevail in the event of conflict either kinetic, or hybrid. I think it quite likely we will encounter autarky and the possible effects of such a change in the schema may be as damaging to a world of inter-dependent states as a nuclear exchange. Possibly more so.

Cheers!

Posted by: Sushi | Jan 19 2022 18:27 utc | 114

@Sushi #114
You made zero reference to how the global market has changed from even 2 decades ago to today, nor did you reference any nations or regions outside of the US, EU and ME.

That hardly serves as a reinforcement that you took the primary drivers of new energy demand into account.

For that matter, the largest of these drivers is China which is now the largest oil importer in the world.

Lastly, the notion that "global market" encompasses everything is both a efficient market lie and one which betrays poor understanding of reality.
For example: the US exports LNG from the East Coast, but California buys LNG because there isn't sufficient pipeline capacity going from the NG producing regions in the US to California.

As for the West having more money due to printing: clearly that is untrue since the price of oil continues to rise. Clearly printing is not without secondary effects.

Lastly, speculative nonsense about war makes many presumptions - including that a regional or world war occurs. The reality is far different: a major conflict which interrupts energy flows would severely negatively impact pretty much everyone, the US included.

While this type of reality doesn't preclude all wars, it does require that populations AND governments be in a state of emotion, stupidity and/or delusion such that they prefer a state of war over known major negative impacts.

I don't see any such state, anywhere outside of the US oligarchy and its paid lackeys in NATO - and this is more than offset by the reality of the US military having great uncertainty in its ability to win over a economic and technological peer.

Perhaps you should also examine the record of US military high tech vs. Iranian military countermeasures; Iran has decent missile tech but is unquestionably not a US peer in military tech overall - yet has still managed to steal a premier US drone; shoot down several more and otherwise not only maintain its ability to dominate the Strait of Hormuz, but has increased it.

The simple facts of the matter are: The world is recovering from COVID; the East Asian and other growing economies are coming out swinging and demand for energy worldwide is enormously outpacing production.

Production in turn, particularly among Western oil majors, has been very materially negatively impacted by ESG.

I've written several times about why Harris Kupperman is so bullish on oil such that he took out option collars targeting $100 for 2023, 2024 and 2025 - and oil as I write this has achieved another 7+ year high at $86/barrel for WTI, so it isn't just me that thinks we are in a secular trend of higher energy prices for the forseeable future.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 23:50 utc | 115

@waynorinorway #113
Yes, it is true - I mistyped Silverstein's first name.
Hazards of not cutting and pasting directly.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 23:52 utc | 116

Any source om Russia "off the books" GDP reporting?

Posted by: Daniel | Jan 20 2022 0:15 utc | 117

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jan 19 2022 18:14 utc | 113

Oh man, would that be the same Ken Silverstein who started Washington Babylon? That dude is a little bit whacky for me, but he did expose some hypocrisy on Glenn Greenwald's part last year.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jan 20 2022 1:18 utc | 118

NYT, just like CNN, BBC, WSJ, FT etc etc are the propaganda tools of the imperialist warmongers ... the creeps behind the lies and fakeries thought that they were damaging china or russia or whoever they didnt like but the real damages done were actually to themselves; by first deluding, blinding themselves and then their readers/audience to whats really happening in the world ... as the great sun tse would put it, to win a war you should know well the capability of yourself AND your enemy but sadly, the US is steep in denial, lost its way and getting utterly desperate ...

to the US, the competition with china is no longer a race or competition, its now a real war and impeding, suppressing, stopping ones enemy's progress, developments and advances is fair game to the US-5-eyes ... now the US is trying to scorch china but it aint gonna happen because china has already become too big and strong to fail ...

Posted by: MTMT123 | Jan 20 2022 2:03 utc | 119

An American friend of mine – I am quiet sure he is not a spy or an operative, just a normal person - who has been living in China like a king for 20 years now, yet NYT is his most and only “trusted” news, and he spares no chance to pick the slightest bit of bad news to reseeds his negative thoughts towards China that he brought with him 20 years ago when he first arrived here. And all my non Chinese friends who are luxuriously living like kings and queens in China have same behavior, totally blinding their eyes and closing there ears of what is actually happening around them and just keep repeating of the bullshit they hear from the western MSM. And I can’t even argue with them because it will be easier to convince them the sun rises from the west than saying China is actually not that bad … Never under estimate stupidity!

In my opinion, China has to revolutionized their propaganda to the non Chinese readers, and starting from within china, but I don’t know how. The problem of the English Chinese news sites as I see them is that it mainly has two contents: Chinese idealistic nationalist heroic that sort of the good news, or anti American news, and this is a perfect formula for a non Chinese person to never open that site again, inside china and outside. An example of what I mean is the Global times. In comparison if we take Aljazeerah, a Qatar based news, although some might argue that Aljazeerah is another western controlled propaganda, has no news about Qatar, nothing. My point is that china needs a more diversified international propaganda that does not sounds Chinese or too Chinese where they can omit the bad news about China.

Posted by: Man | Jan 20 2022 3:24 utc | 120

China is assho.

(But, So is the USA)

Posted by: Cadence Calls | Jan 20 2022 5:03 utc | 121

at least you are consistent cadence calls...

Posted by: james | Jan 20 2022 5:05 utc | 122

re William Gruff | Jan 19 2022 16:44 utc | 98

It is really obvious if you have the wit to consider it, that lies told by a person or a state incapable of grasping reality will always be ineffective. A. Hitler once remarked than every useful deceit must contain a kernel of truth. Without that there is no hook to hang the lie off of. Partial knowledge is insufficient, to construct propaganda the architect of the propaganda must comprehend all the reality so as to know what it is that needs to be concealed, distracted from or ignored and which bits must be semi-revealed to give the deceit that necessary patina of authenticity.

Lies told by someone/thing who does comprehend reality can be ineffective too but some of the yarns do get accepted. It is a complete nonsense and self-delusion of greater magnitude than that which you accuse of capitalism's cheer leaders of to believe the people running/ruining lives do not perceive exactly what it is that they are doing.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 20 2022 5:26 utc | 123


Posted by: c1ue | Jan 19 2022 23:50 utc | 115

You are severely deficient in reading and comprehension skills.

Cheers!

Posted by: Sushi | Jan 20 2022 5:38 utc | 124

@Man (120)

The problem of the English Chinese news sites as I see them is that it mainly has two contents: Chinese idealistic nationalist heroic that sort of the good news, or anti American news, and this is a perfect formula for a non Chinese person to never open that site again, inside china and outside. An example of what I mean is the Global times.

If this example is as good as any:

Not too long ago GlobalTimes ran articles criticizing the Marvel Eternals film, complaining about a scene where a superhero denounces the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and likening it to ignoring Japan's atrocities in China.
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202111/1239966.shtml

"What was Chloe Zhao thinking?" Many Chinese netizens asked this question on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Thursday after a scene in Zhao's new Marvel movie Eternals was published on Chinese social media platforms.

The scene shows Marvel's first openly gay superhero cry sadly after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan and has been considered by many netizens in China, South Korea and the US as overlooking Japan's acts of aggression and the pain it brought to other nations.


https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202111/1240041.shtml
Catering to US ‘political correctness,’ Chloé Zhao’s movie anti-humanitarian for whitewashing Japanese invaders

Certainly Japan's actions in China until 1945 are certainly something to condemn any day of the week in of themselves. But what may raise a few eyebrows is the notion that the US nuking the two cities was even necessary, as if somehow the USA was concerned one iota about the victims of e.g. the Rape of Nanjing and did so in response. This coming from a site that is known to criticize USian war crimes and revisionist propaganda, it pains me to see one such war crime be given a pass just because of who the victims were.
With Russia being touted as a reliable partner of China's, and Putin having condemned the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as war crimes, would it not behoove netizens in China to learn of the Soviets' role in defeating Japan and stop giving the USA any credence for the same? After all, the real reason for the nukes was to blackmail the Soviets into submission, and Japan was already trying to surrender well before the first nuke.

Posted by: joey_n | Jan 20 2022 10:10 utc | 125

“The USA is a society in which its children are forced to place their hands on their chests and recite a pledge of allegiance “

“"With No Progress In Talks Russia Will Have To React"

Most practices in the coercive social relations self-misrepresented as “The United States of America” are attempts to reinforce conformance and immersion in methods/perceptions which facilitate conformance, as has been the case from inception “We the people hold these truths to be self-evident” refers, or Mr. Simon's song My little town if you prefer.

Some attempting to reinforce conformance tend to the view that the “benefits” of doing so accrue solely to themselves, an illusion reinforced by derivatives of “exceptionalism”.

However the benefits of their efforts also accrue to their opponents particularly in matters of “perception management” - sometimes known as the one does the set-up; and one does the strike routine.

A useful tool in "perception management" is to act in a way that you always intended to act at a time when you intended to act, which the opponent will "interpret" as being in reaction to something that he has done, the content of which being a function of "exceptionalism" and projection.

Another useful tool is to do nothing when your opponent expects you to react and allow the lacunae to be bridged by the opponents beliefs - an example of opponents bridging doubt by belief to attain self-confirmation - a tool that is consistently resorted to in present contexts, when evangelised known as "fake news", Mr. Rove's observation on "We are an Empire.." refers, although Mr. Rove apparently omitted behaviours such as impatience and tendencies of premature ejaculations predicated upon attempts at increasing the noise/signal ratio.

Therefore : Slanted Reporting Can Lead to Good Foreign policies for others with facility.

Posted by: NotEuclid | Jan 20 2022 12:10 utc | 126


Not only does the Times provide readers with a distorted perspective in its articles, but it also censors responses readers make to them on their web page. I noted in response to an alarmist article in the Times that asserted that Russia was acting aggressively that what is transpiring with respect to Ukraine was predicted by George F Kennan, the architect of the policy of "containment," who warned of the dire consequences that would ensure should NATO continue its eastward expansion. Kennan characterized the decision to expand eastward as "fateful." Events are proving that he was prescient.

The Times also would not allow a reference to the OPCW whistleblowers who exposed the purported chemical attack at Douma as a false flag operation. The Times is heavy-handed in ensuring that its readers not be exposed to information that does not comport with the narrative they are devoted to promoting.

Posted by: David | Jan 20 2022 14:24 utc | 127

@Sushi #124
Yes, the person who fails to find what is not there is the one with deficient reading and comprehension skills.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 20 2022 15:18 utc | 128

@James 122

Thank you, James.
I’m against imperialism as anyone here.
I’m for individualism, and opportunity.
I’m not for collectivism, and herding.
You are entitled to do whatever you need to do to further yourself,
And I expect similar treatment from my peers.
Cheers

Posted by: Cadence calls | Jan 20 2022 17:33 utc | 129

chinas economie is slowing down, but at what cost - shuld it be headlined

Posted by: covidiot | Jan 20 2022 22:27 utc | 130

I’ve retained most of my China investments.
Never really had any specific Russia ones .. maybe it’s time to get more skin in that game.

Anyone got any safe wrappers?

Posted by: D.G. | Jan 21 2022 14:44 utc | 131

Debsisdead @123: "...lies told by a person or a state incapable of grasping reality will always be ineffective."

Indeed! And how effective were the lies about "Russiagate"? The lies about "peaceful protests" told while standing in front of burning buildings? The lies that unarmed and cheerful visitors to the US Capitol building were a "violent insurrection"?

Currently less than 29% of Americans don't feel that the mass media is deliberately lying to them. The US ranks last among 46 countries in truest in media.

If the lies of the Establishment and their Mockingbird mass media had traction with the American people then Trump would never have won in 2016, and they wouldn't have had to halt the vote count in 2020 at the 11th hour (literally!) to cook up more votes for Harris and the vegetable. The only ones believing the mass media's lies right now are the delusional, greasy, purple haired hambeasts who ask "Do I look fat?" and other variations on that theme; that is to say, the ones stupid enough to still buy into political correctness and identity politics and thus rely upon lies to maintain their worldview and self-image.

It might seem that the Establishment and their Mockingbird mass media are getting away with telling whoppers about international affairs but that is honestly only because those issues seem so distant from the average Americans' lives that they are not worth developing an opinion on. Heck, parents in America still use "Eat your broccoli `cuz kids are starving in China!" with their children because it is not worth updating their impression of the world, and due to the pervasiveness of the lies it takes effort to determine the truth. In fact, I have interacted with western journalists presstitutes in China (!!!) who asserted that kids there were starving. Evidence provided by their own eyes was insufficient to overcome the enormous mass of lies that supported their worldviews.

So you see, the disassociation from reality of the liars does impact the effectiveness of their lies, even if there are some lies that pass because the target audience wishes they were true, or because that audience doesn't care.

Do keep in mind that the fountainhead of American lies; the conductor of the orchestra of deceit, is the CIA. Never forget that many in that organization truly believed that Cuban crickets were an assault by a dastardly Soviet mind ray. They've still not completely let go of that nonsense idiocy.

I am guessing that your repeated efforts to salvage the image of the CIA/US State Department is due to you having developed friendships with a number of individuals from those organizations while you were doing charity work among the native little peoples in the South Pacific. That is understandable. After all, these spook field workers have impressive backgrounds from elite universities, and they splash money around with astonishing generosity (easy to be generous with money that you don't work for). Furthermore, these field worker spooks are selected for and trained in the gift of gab and the ability to quickly make friends. The cocaine they are supplied with helps with that, of course. It naturally seems unfair to you when some nobody on the Internet disparages the character of these fine gentlemen who seem so brilliant after a couple snorts of toot.

Finally, lies do not need to be based in reality to be effective. They need only be based in something that the target believes to be reality. Religions provide the perfect example.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 23 2022 11:29 utc | 132

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