Lying is lying…

The other day I was on social media – Facebook, to be exact.  One of my conservative friends had posted an item from conservative commentator Michelle Malkin.  In it, she was observing that social media was removing posts from conservative commentators.  You might want to let that sink in a minute, though some of you are with me already.  I was watching a conservative commentator on social media complaining that conservative commentators were being deleted on social media.  I followed a link on the post and discovered she has an entire page hosted on Facebook with post after post – all of which had NOT – obviously – been deleted.   I wonder if she appreciated the delicious irony…

I suspect her reference was about Alex Jones.  But Alex Jones is a flim-flam man.  He just wants to sell things and he’s found an audience gullible enough to buy anything he puts forward.  He plays to his weak-thinking audience by saying the most outrageous things he can.  He claims, for example, that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax and convinced his audience to harass the parents of the victims.  He – and Malkin – claim it’s a matter of free speech.  I think it’s the equivalent of yelling fire in a theater when no fire exists…

The reality is that social media outlets these days are worrying about being blamed for the raft of fake news being produced by various players and they’re working to tone down the bunk a bit.  It’s not their fault it’s mostly conservatives who fall for and repeat fake news.

The thing about Michelle Malkin is that she’s a master of the Lie of Omission.  The things she says are factually accurate – as far as they go.  It’s only in the aggregate that her “information” becomes false because she doesn’t share ALL of the facts – only those that support her position.  But a lie of omission is still a lie…

 

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