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Life Imitating Parody

Most of us have heard and laughed at Stephen Colbert’s neologism “truthiness,” defined by him as “truth that comes from the gut, not books,” and defined by Merriam-Webster Online as “”the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.”
Well, check out this quote from “Republican strategist” John Feehery in today’s Washington Post, referring to the demonstrably false claims that Sarah Palin fought and slew the “Bridge To Nowhere:”

The more the New York Times and The Washington Post go after Sarah Palin, the better off she is, because there’s a bigger truth out there and the bigger truths are she’s new, she’s popular in Alaska and she is an insurgent. As long as those are out there, these little facts don’t really matter.

How truthy!

2 comments on “Life Imitating Parody

  1. martingauthier on

    The “facts don’t matter” quote lends itself perfectly for use in a line of attack like “These people will say anything to get elected,” and/or “These folks simply don’t respect your intelligence.”
    An ad could combine this quote with the “issues won’t decide this election,” quote interspersed with clips of the obvious lies being repeated daily by the R candidates.

  2. ThinkingGuy on

    If if is so wrong, though, why have we lost 20 whole percentage points in ten days among married women? Why have we lost 11 points total among everybody?
    Because, this guy has something right. It is perception, and we continue to lose the perception war. I am glad to see Obama is fighting back a bit, but it may be too late.
    Issues are our enemy, and they on the other side know this. We cannot, have not WILL not win by concentrating on facts in the NYT. (Though I do not dispute the reporting itself. I am only saying Paling made them irrelevant.
    It’s all image now, and the more we talk about issues, the more John Kerrified we are becoming. The cattle, (aka the voting public) don’t care.


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