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Trust, Lies, and the Election

Apparently, this presidential campaign is full of lies, and accusations of lying, but Americans don’t seem to care too much.

Screenshot of Pinocchio from the trailer for the film Pinocchio (1940). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calling someone a liar “crosses a line,” but it’s now become part of the “formal strategy” at the highest levels, says Daniel Henninger in the WSJ. After explaining that this tactic was used to destroy opponents during political show trials in the 1930s, he asks how “an accusation once confined to the lowest, whiskey-soaked level of politics or rank propaganda campaigns is occurring daily in American politics?” As a case in point, during last night’s vice presidential debate, Biden accused Ryan of “being full of it,” and then the two chuckled about it. (more…)