Tuesday, February 10, 2015


. . . and the News

“Newspapers don’t tell the truth under many different, and occasionally innocent, scenarios. Mostly when they don’t know the truth. Or when they quote someone who does not know the truth. And more and more, when they quote someone who is spinning the truth, shaping it to some preconceived version of a story that is supposed to be somehow better than the truth, omitting details that could be embarrassing. And finally, when they quote someone who is flat-out lying.”

—Ben Bradlee (1921-2014), former executive editor, The Washington Post, “In his own words: Ben Bradlee on Liars,” The Washington Post, Oct. 22, 2014

Editorial Comment: And then there’s “conflation” and “misremembering.”

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

Sunset Surf, Luffenholz

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