The Big Lie

Posted: March 16, 2023 in News and politics

Your going to hear the big lie repeated by Trump and his supporter’s ad nauseam as the presidential election gets nearer!  So we need to start addressing what it is, and how it is being used!

big lie is a gross distortion or misrepresentation of the truth, used especially as a propaganda technique. The German expression was coined by Adolf Hitler when he dictated his book Mein Kampf to describe the use of a lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”.

According to historian Jeffrey Herf, the Nazis used the idea of the original big lie to turn sentiment against Jews and justify the Holocaust. Herf maintains that Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi Party actually used the big lie technique that they described – and that they used it to turn long-standing antisemitism in Europe into mass murder. Herf further argues that the Nazis’ big lie was their depiction of Germany as an innocent, besieged land striking back at “international Jewry“, which the Nazis blamed for starting World War I. Nazi propaganda repeatedly claimed that Jews held power behind the scenes in Britain, Russia, and the United States. It further spread claims that the Jews had begun a war of extermination against Germany and used these to assert that Germany had a right to annihilate the Jews in self-defense.

In the 21st century, the term has been applied to attempts to overturn the result of the 2020 U.S. presidential election by Donald Trump and his allies, specifically the false claim that the election was stolen through massive voter and electoral fraud. The scale of the claims resulted in Trump supporters attacking the United States Capitol.[3][4] Later reports indicate that Trump knew he had lost the election while promoting the narrative.[5][6][7][8] Scholars say that constant repetition in many different media is necessary for the success of the big lie technique, as is a psychological motivation for the audience to believe the extreme assertions. (Sourced through Wikipedia)

Two days before the Jan. 6 insurrection, Tucker Carlson sounded like a man finished with Donald Trump.

“We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait,” Carlson, Fox News’s biggest mouth, said, adding, “I hate him passionately.” Then, musing on Trump’s catastrophic presidency, he said, “We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest. But come on. There really isn’t an upside to Trump.”

At least that’s what Carlson said privately to colleagues in text messages. Publicly, Carlson continued to do what he had done for years — promote Trump’s lies, ardently defend the man he deeply despised, and keep Fox’s prevarication (lying) mill churning with American democracy being the true victim! This has been reported by many different news sources, but what really capped it all off is that many of Fox News people have had what they said privately about Trump exposed in court. They knew there was no election fraud and that Trump was lying! But they kept up the façade because they knew it was what their audience wanted, and they were afraid to lose in the ratings. So they lied and then lied some more. So by any definition, Fox News has never reported actual news. They report sensationalist falsehoods to bolster their audience share; they have never bothered with facts. I repeat, never bothered with facts!

Out of all of the investigations, the big lie spawned, none found anything that would even come close to changing the election outcome. In the recount done by Arizona, for example, sponsored by the GOP, even more votes were found for Biden. Of course Fox, or GOP politicians never told you that, did they?

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