Fake News is a Lie

The Contrary Perspective

Trump HitlerStuart Lyle

In the era of information overload, it is essential to distinguish between what is misleadingly called “fake news,” and a downright lie.  They sound related, but they are not synonymous.  In fact, the relationship between the two is more complex, since calling valid reporting, i.e. “news,” fake is a lie itself.

A lie is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality, of the truth. A lie is when a government says one thing… but then does the opposite.  A lie is when a politician “gins up” the threat to sacred “national security” to justify an otherwise unjustifiable military adventure.  The Bush administration, with the help of the UK’s Blair government, did just that to corral public opinion into supporting their war on Iraq.

Lies not only misrepresent, but also distort reality. The Nazis and the Soviets both understood the effectiveness of a good lie…

If you tell a lie big…

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