I’ve been dogged by the bug I picked up in New Zealand and now, seeing my compromised immune system, a cold/flu bug has piled on. Hence I am awake at 2:48 A.M. I have taken NyQuil, and honestly, if we cannot count on NyQuil for a knockout punch, what is left for us? Everclear?
I’ve been mulling over Lizard’s piece regarding Jon Tester’s professional lying, but something else too. Over at Cowgirl, the Montana Democrat sock puppet, I was looking at blog stats. I struggle here to keep a couple of hundred hits a day, and have for eight years. The Cowgirl story is pictured to the left here.
Keep in mind that Cowgirl was heavily promoted. “She” had the entire Democrat apparatus behind her, so she was plugged in the Washington Post and Kos as part of the usual rollout of a mouthpiece site. But she still has traffic coming out her ears, and has a hold on her readers hard to explain. She doesn’t necessarily lie, but the whole operation is so damned slick. This is not one person. It’s a staff operation.
Of course, those stats could be a lie. Professional liars lie professionally, that is, they know how to tell a lie and make it stick. Her numbers never seem to vary much, even at 2:48 A.M. That is suspicious. (Of course I am jealous.)
That’s all Tester did with his statement
Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.”
Tester was on a Montana Public Radio interview. He’s heavily staffed, scripted, surrounded by those wonks and facilitators in charge of his public image and message. This guy is not former Senator Conrad Burns, who routinely caused staff fire drills when he went off script. Tester is a calculated liar, even somewhat smooth. The image his people run, to the right here, is calculated. That gritty jacket he’s wearing there got a lookover by the PR people, and they decided that the content of the image is a worthy lie. It says he’s a farmer, gets his hands dirty, is a man of the people.
He’s not. He’s a smooth and calculating professional liar, morally off-kilter, readily willing to act as a front for money. Do people like that only become people like that once elected? Or are they already like that beforehand? Are they discovered and promoted by people constantly scouting the population for political talent?
I think it is the latter. The image makers found him, invented him, put him to use when they realized that it was time to put Conrad Burns to pasture.
Who owns the public mind? Who wins these debates? Is it people like Matt Koehler, attacked by Tester, who are careful with their words and facts? Or is it the professional liars?
Jon Tester appeared on that Montana Public Radio program with a script, and told his lie. Will he be called out there? (Not likely – they want him to come back. The same power structure is behind them as any other media outlet, and so MPR acts as a willing facilitator.)
Tester planned to tell that lie. It did not originate with him, and he seems such a shallow, callow man who it is hard to imagine he even cares. It was done for effect. His staff wrote it for him, he read it. They knew there would be fallout, but also that the overall effect would be this: Lying works.
You just have to know how to do it.