Goebbels would be proud.
And no, I’m not calling our liberal/left press Nazis. But they have become brazen and shameless in their lies, particularly of the edited video/photo/audio variety. As John Nolte points out (hat tip: Ed Driscoll), this is the fifth time in the last couple of years that NBC or MSNBC has been caught purposely and deceptively editing some sort of documentary evidence in order to further the liberal and/or leftist agenda.
Remember that we’re not talking about simple mistakes here. We’re not even talking about things that could be argued to have been mistakes, nor even negligence. No, these are deliberate falsifications designed to mislead, by a news organization whose entire raison d’être is, supposedly (accent on that “supposedly”), to bring us the truth.
So why, in this digital and internet day and age, when it’s so much easier than it used to be to expose this sort of thing as a lie, is it still done? Because—silly billy—it works, that’s why.
You might ask how it works, if we know it’s a lie. Doesn’t knowing that discredit the source? I think that most of the people who would be inclined to pay attention and come to that conclusion have already done so, and the rest either don’t follow it, or see it and don’t care (cynicism? boredom? lack of values?), or justify it as the usual serving of “a higher truth.” In other words, the ends justify the means, and the ends are the usual noble ones of the left, so the means are the usual nefarious ones. Isn’t it funny how that tends to work out?
As Churchill so famously said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Indeed. Hear hear, as they say in Britain. That is something our MSM has deeply and truly learned.
The proof is that this latest deceptive videotape—you know, the one about the gun-loving hecklers being so mean to the bereaved Newtown father—has gotten more than halfway around the internet, and still has a very active life there. You have only to look at articles such as this and this and this to learn how many of the original articles with the original assertions and the original (fake) video are still out there, even now. And how slow the disclaimers are coming, complete with excuses and explanations and accusations that justify the point of the original fake (see this, for example, as well as this).
Expect more of this sort of thing. A lot more.