Are You Being Lied To?

There are various forms of lying, including not speaking the whole truth.

Pinocchio by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910) – the first illustrator (1883) of Le avventure di Pinocchio. – colored by Daniel DONNA (Wikimedia Commons)

When you swear an oath in a legal process in the United States you are vowing, under penalty of perjury, to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Not telling the “whole truth” is a different form of lying than telling outright falsehoods.

It amounts to purposely withholding truths that completely changes a narrative, rendering it in effect, to be false. It’s like not telling your spouse you are cheating rather than directly lying if asked.

Mainstream journalism rarely engages in direct, made-up lies. But it routinely ignores entire stories or leaves out key parts of others that completely alters its meaning.

It is usually a part of the story that does not fit its political or ideological agenda. Mainstream reporters are educated in an environment in which they don’t need to consciously omit facts to achieve the effect they are trained to bring about. Public opinion can be shaped by lies simply by refusing to report information that questions Establishment interests. It is a betrayal of the public.

Luke Harding (Cathy Vogan)

There is no better example today of this kind of lying by omission than the way corporate media covers the Julian Assange story.  For example, in a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 5, 2017 Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike, admitted under oath that his firm had no firm evidence that the DNC emails were hacked — by Russia or anyone else — and data removed.  This testimony has never been reported by corporate media, leaving intact the persistent belief that the DNC server was hacked by Russia and its emails given to WikiLeaks.

Relying on corporate media will not only leave you often with just half the story, but with the half that distorts the truth.  Consortium News was founded in 1995 by investigative reporter Robert Parry to report on the stories studiously ignored by corporate media and on the angles it conveniently leaves out. 

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12 comments for “Are You Being Lied To?

  1. robert e williamson jr
    October 17, 2021 at 16:23

    The truth is the MSM should be imprisoned for defrauding the public interest by reporting opinions rather than raw news. By reporting the party line, rather than the truth about whats in the public’s best interest.

    The media itself started this slide into fiction when those in government made the decision that the truth about the Kennedy assassination would be detrimental to the public and national security. What a friggin’ joke that turned out to be. It now appears that the government may well have done the same with 911.

    I’m a person who, based on my life experiences by the time I was thirty-five came to believe that a percentage of 90 or more of those elected to public office motivated by and act on what is in their own best interest. Unless there comes an event significant enough to change that , things will not get better.

    The truth is we all see exactly what happens to people who, based on their beliefs of right and wrong, say the quiet part out loud by speaking truth to power about government transgressions, failures and omissions and are savaged by the government and the government forces at work to avoid those truths from being reported by intimidation of the media ownership, who too often are being guided by government input.

    Are you being lied to? That depends on who you listen to. If one still believes in the two party system one might benefit from investigating exactly what either party has done for you lately.

    I’m a pretty hard assed cynic and I’m not often surprised or disappointed. Garbage into the system and even worse stinking garbage out of it.

    As a somewhat free individual I still have the option of not listening to the two-party line bullshit. One lie after another is what is produced by the country with the most formidable military on the planet and it is not a confidence builder.

    Don’t try convincing yourself otherwise, you will be lying to yourself , believing on own lies is the fatal flaw that is dominating U.S. politics and the MSM.

    Ever hear of a guy named Trump?

  2. William Bragg
    October 16, 2021 at 22:35

    Am reading a book I just purchased very recently and it’s written by a US senator, and this book of his lists in order, everything I have been complaining about, regarding the GOP Corporate capture of our government, for 40yrs now, it’s all explained very well in his book titled CAPTURED the corporate infiltration of American Democracy, great read and I watched it all happen, I’m retired now but tried to tell my friends about what I was observing, but not many listened. So her we are just after he most devastating administration in American history, who is still trying to justify without proof that he won the last election. Which was the most scrutinized election in American history. Read the book and it’s got solutions on how to get our democracy back from corporate dominance, I dare ya.


  3. nwwoods
    October 16, 2021 at 16:16

    Corporate media omission of the OPCW corruption scandal is the lie of the decade

  4. Randal Marlin
    October 15, 2021 at 15:18

    I don’t know of anyone who has covered the “lie by omission” better than I.F. Stone. There was evidence that underground nuclear explosions could be detected at over 1000 miles distance, evidence that he winkled out of a government seismologist. The fiction spread by the U.S. warmongers in 1964 was that a nuclear test ban treaty would be unworkable because detection was possible only in much smaller distances.
    Everyone should watch Jerry Bruck’s 1973 documentary film “I.F. Stone’s Weekly,” which opens with this amazing story.
    Also explored in this movie is “lie by double-talk,” where Robert McNamara is shown to be conveying the idea that North Vietnamese PT boat attacks on U.S. warships in the Gulf of Tonkin were “unprovoked.” He qualified this by saying “during the period I was describing last night.” What he did not say, though Stone implies he knew it, was that the South Vietnamese had started firing at North Vietnamese targets. Stone calls it doubletalk, where the ordinary, honest person interprets what is said in the expected way, the way the speaker intends her to get. But in fact when read closely the words can mean something else, according to which the double-talker was not in fact literally lying.
    It is a close cousin ot mental reservation, which dates back to the 16th Century when priests could be hanged for treason if they had studied abroad. The Jesuits worked out that when asked if they had crossed the sea (meaning the Channel) to study, a priest might reply “no,” with the mental reservation that he had not crossed the Caspian Sea.
    What is appalling is the amount of destruction that followed upon McNamara’s deception, and the more direct lying that the George W. Bush Administration used to launch the second war with Iraq in 2003.

      October 15, 2021 at 23:34

      Indeed. Robert Parry and Consortium News were the 2015 winners of the I.F. Stone Medal from Harvard University and Stone was an inspiration for Bob and CN.

  5. Calvin E Lash Jr
    October 15, 2021 at 15:15

    As a long time supporter of Consortiumnews,
    I am surprised the US and England givernments are letting Consortium News air their stories.

    • N Speaks
      October 16, 2021 at 07:00

      When the Mass Media, (a term that should be synonymous with ‘Ruling Elites’ in our minds), buried the Biden Laptop story, (almost exactly one year ago, 10/14/20 I think it was, not even twenty days before the election), the Ruling Elites let their mask slip. They were under great duress, and they needed both hands for other deceptions. We SAW their naked face. They buried the story. They ‘threw’ the election. (Right out in broad daylight).

      Now, they are trying to ‘gaslight’ us into not believing what we actually saw with our own dang eyes.

      Anyway… Won’t go any further into that… The point being that they are trying to maintain their Big Lie, (maybe the biggest of all the Big Lies), that we live in a democracy, and that they are heroic figures who are spreading this wonderful ‘democracy’ all over the world, (by means of bombs and guns). “Be democratic or we’ll kill you!” is these Ruling Elites’ official ‘responsibility to protect’ motto.

      They learned long ago, (millennia), to play this ‘game’ with consummate skill. It’s the really fun ‘Divide and Rule’ game. If you overtly crush all opposition, people will grind their teeth, fume, and find a way to unite against you. (‘You’ are few, and the people are MANY). What you do instead is engineer a kind of social charade. You don’t crush the opposition. You co-opt and control it, usually through providing key funds.

      Most US left-wing NGOs, (501C corporations), receive financing from wealthy liberal ‘foundations’. Some boast about the high percentage of their operating funds come from small donations. There’s probably a study somewhere, (make a good doctoral thesis exploration), but my very strong impression is that most left-wing NGOs could not operate without a base of foundation funds to operate on. They all also raise funds from the public, of course. Many NGOs take great pains to hide those sources of funds.

      Anyway… ‘Control the opposition’ is very high on ‘Their’ list of favored techniques for social engineering.

      That’s why we have Fox News. It’s like a ‘steam pressure outlet’. You don’t want to let that pressure build up, so you give the opposition an outlet to blow off steam.

      The Biden Laptop Coverup is ongoing. To cover themselves now, (we SAW their naked face), they think they can gaslight people into un-seeing what we saw.

      The limits on ‘their’ power are few. If they need to, have no illusions. They control the trunk line, and ALL the switches. When they need to, they will begin to manipulate our communications 0n every level. It would be very easy for them, for example, to manipulate our email communications. Imagine that you send an email to 10 people, but only 7 receive it.

  6. Lowell Googins
    October 15, 2021 at 14:52

    I could not possibly agree more with this piece. Most people that get their news from MSM believe they are being informed but reality they are being manipulated. What amazes is how all major so called news sources are in sync with little to no deviation one way or another. It’s almost as if there is a single entity running the show. The US Pravda has many members speaking or not speaking with one voice.

  7. October 15, 2021 at 14:01

    I challenge your best example of not telling the whole truth with non-disclosure to the UK court of the CIA kidnap or kill Assange plan, discussed at the Whitehouse and in-house respectively.

  8. Tony
    October 15, 2021 at 12:36

    One device that I have noticed on a number of occasions is to state something that might be significant but to treat it as if it is not significant and to quickly move on.

    The recent reports of the parole recommendation for Sirhan Sirhan provide an interesting example of this. His claim not to remember shooting Senator Robert Kennedy back in 1968 is routinely reported.

    But isn’t it unusual for someone to say that? How could he not remember? And yet, no comment or investigation is made.
    What if he is telling the truth?

    Hypnosis could be the explanation. That might well explain why his bullets missed Kennedy, why it took such a huge effort to subdue him and why he kept on firing even though he could no longer see his target.

    In reality, Sirhan is not the assassin at all. All the eyewitnesses agree that he fired at Kennedy whilst facing him and from a range of a few feet.

    However, Thomas Noguchi’s autopsy report makes it clear that the three bullets that hit Kennedy struck him from behind and at a range of just a few inches. This is confirmed by the LAPD photograph of his jacket as well as by newspaper pictures published at the time.

    Hypnotism implies CIA involvement as does the efforts of the LAPD to destroy evidence and to intimidate witnesses.
    The shooting occurred after Kennedy had just won the California primary and thus would probably have gone on to become the nominee.

    Robert Dallek writes: “By then it was also clear that (Nelson) Rockefeller had little chance of defeating Nixon’s bid to be the Republican nominee”.

    Now the significance of that is that, as Dallek had already pointed out, Rockefeller was Johnson’s choice to succeed him:

    “Johnson’s choice as his successor was New York’s Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller…He also believed that Rockefeller was the one man who could beat Bobby Kennedy, no small asset in Johnson’s mind.”

    I think that Johnson could be confident that Rockefeller could be relied upon not to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy nor to seek to resume the Senate investigations that, back in 1963, had threatened to send Johnson to prison. The only thing now that could reliably stop Kennedy was assassination. This dreadful business is still covered up even to this day.

  9. robert e williamson jr
    October 15, 2021 at 11:58

    I read something such as this and I have to wonder why it is that the authority bound over to , the governments, federal, state and local, expect, even demand respect.

    The media and they themselves have lost touch with reality.

    Remember these people in government work for us or they are supposed.

    It is past time to take the gloves off and drag the ignorant, kicking and screaming back into reality if we don’t the rest of the world will likely force us all to pay in spades. The problems begin when the innocent are forced to pay the same price as the goshderned liars.

    Which if you think about it is what is happening. All one must do is review the records of those from the two party , a nod and a wink, system.

    Thanks CN

  10. Dfnslblty
    October 15, 2021 at 09:25

    Thankyou, CN, for illuminating all of the dark and shadowy places of the news/accounts/stories/intelligence the msm – because of oligarchic possession – omits.

    Keep investigating, writing and reporting!

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