The big lie lie: why a warning about "Disinformation" is itself a form of Disinformation
IF SKEPTIC HAS AN EVIL TWIN, IT may be The Disinformation Company, a U.S.-based print and Internet publishing house whose titles include You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths, Everything You Know is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secret and Lies, 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know, and Abuse Your Illusions: The Disinformation Guide to Media Mirages and Establishment Lies.
Unrelated but of a comparable slant axe volumes like Paul William Roberts' A War Against Truth: An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq, Norman Solomon's The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media: Decoding Spin and Lies in Main-stream News, Don't Believe It! How Lies Become News, by Alexandra Kitty, Gag Rule. On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy, by Lewis Lapham, and Paul Waldman's Fraud. The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and What the Media Didn't Tell You.
According to the authors, editors, and readers of these books, there's been an incredible amount of deception and coverup lately, generating a cottage industry of iconoclasts, muckrakers, and fact-finders who have now emerged to tell the truth. Calling them "skeptical" hardly describes their zeal: these people want to blow the lid off reality itself.
This fetish for debunking was first identified by Richard Hofstadter in his 1965 classic The Paranoid Style in American Politics, but its roots extend to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and it also draws on historical trends and events like the Sixties counterculture and the Watergate scandal. Liberals,...