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The appalling language of political deceit – 1

January 23, 2017

The use of language by politicians and those who work with them continues to worsen dramatically.

Let us look at how the description of lies has changed.

We have morphed from ‘economical with the truth’ – Robin Butler at the time of Spycatcher through Hilary Clinton’s ‘mispeaking’ to Trump and his people’s use of the phrase ‘alternative facts’.

As the Guardian reported:-

Trump and his aides spent an extraordinary first weekend in office falsely claiming that record numbers of people had attended his swearing-in on Friday.

Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, used his first White House briefing to shout at journalists about what he incorrectly termed “deliberately false reporting” on Trump’s inauguration, declaring: “We’re going to hold the press accountable.”

“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period,” said Spicer, in one of several statements contradicted by photographs and transit data. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

These blatant untruths were the then the subject of an attempt to bolster their ‘veracity’ by Kellyanne Conway:-

Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday Spicer had merely been offering “alternative facts”, a phrase that was received with widespread astonishment.

It would seem that we have gone back in time and that Trump and his people are emulating the techniques of Goebbels. Given Trump’s admiration for Putin and his evocation of Charles Lindbergh’s fascist America First movement in the 1930s with his Carnage speech at his inauguration that is not too long a bow to draw.

 

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