“In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lying is a radical practice, in that it takes extraordinary arrogance to walk on such a narrow surface, and expect not to fall. I hate to use the word “bravery,” as it invokes a positive action, but it does take a certain bravery to lie as well as Democrats do.
More than any time in our country’s history, our government, and our media can get away with the most egregious lies. It is in the nearly marital partnership between the Democrats and the media that an entity has been created with the aim of total informational control. The government-media has become so powerful that it can say nearly anything, and any who dare contradict them are shut out.
The government-media already controls a large portion of the American people through major media outlets, like the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. Even conservative opposition, like Fox, and talk radio essentially only cater to those who are already conservative. People outside that domain have only the government-media on which to rely. Given that, many Americans are severely uninformed, and misinformed.
The uninformed and misinformed public are subject to the ideological perversions of the Left. They don’t know any better. So when the media tells a lie, they believe it. Recently, Matt Drudge, of the Drudge Report, Tweeted about having to pay the ObamaCare penalty. Almost immediately, the government-media pounced, calling Drudge a liar. Dylan Scott, of Talking Points Memo, wrote: “There’s just one problem: Americans don’t pay a penalty for not having health insurance until they file their 2014 taxes – in 2015. So either Drudge is lying or he paid a huge penalty a year earlier than he needed to.”
Even the White House chimed in, as Jesse Lee, the director of progressive media for the Obama administration Tweeted: “Flat lie, no fee for previous year. Scary how much influence he once had…”
But wait—he wasn’t lying. As Drudge is the purveyor of the Drudge Report, he operates his own business, which puts him in a different position in terms of the ObamaCare tax. Matt Drudge pays taxes quarterly, and because much of ObamaCare has gone into effect, it was necessary that he pay the opt-out tax this quarter.
So, here’s what went down. Matt Drudge—one of the country’s most influential conservatives—tweeted an innocuous fact regarding ObamaCare, and the media couldn’t resist taking an opportunity to defend their demigod in chief. That’s not atypical of the media, but here’s the growing problem: the conservative media called out the lie, but the liberals, and administration official who called Matt Drudge a liar have—as far as I can tell—not retracted their accusations. Not only have the accusations not been retracted, there have been no follow-up articles, or Tweets to help clarify the situation.
This behavior is frightening. All the uninformed Americans who follow Jesse Lee on Twitter are probably still under the impression that Matt Drudge lied, as are all those who read Dylan Scott on TPM. These people will go on believing that a highly regarded conservative just flat out lied. They have been deceived, and their thinking has been warped. This type of deceit can have serious repercussions. If someone believes the incessant media narrative of lying conservatives, they will obviously never vote for a conservative. The government-media machine is creating a parallel reality in which conservatives are liars so that they can steal all the votes.
This controversy will be skated over so quickly the ice will never even crack. The liberals will move on, pretending nothing ever happened, knowing they influenced many Americans in the process. Conservatives will scramble to keep up, but the liberals are deft liars.