Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics
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In today’s post-truth political landscape, there is a carefully concealed but ever-growing industry of organized misinformation that exists to create and disseminate lies in the service of political agendas. Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America present a revelatory history of this industry—which they've dubbed Lies, Incorporated—and show how it has crippled legislative progress on issues including tobacco regulation, public health care, climate change, gun control, immigration, abortion, and same-sex marriage. Eye-opening and indispensable, Lies, Incorporated takes an unflinching look at the powerful network of politicians and special interest groups that have launched coordinated assaults on the truth to shape American politics.
in order to deceive the public. Investigations were launched by Mann’s employer, Penn State University, and the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation. The IG’s office “exonerated him…of suppressing or falsifying data, deleting e-mails and misusing privileged information” and found “no ‘evidence of research misconduct.’ ”82 Penn State University’s investigation agreed and found there was “no substance to the allegation against Dr. Michael E. Mann.”83 These exonerations did not halt
have been heavily criticized for their racial bias, actually were to the benefit of the black community. “Poor blacks who live in high-crime urban areas are not only the most likely victims of crime, they are also the ones who benefit the most from Stand Your Ground laws,” he testified. “The laws make it easier for them to protect themselves when the police can’t be there fast enough. Therefore, rules that make self-defense more difficult disproportionately impact blacks.”60 This was an
organizations involved in the gun control debate on either side of the issue.”64 Of the thirty-two items posted in the “research” section of CPRC’s website between December 2013 and August 2015, five are columns Lott wrote for FoxNews.com, and five are critiques of different efforts by Michael Bloomberg’s organizations to combat gun violence. Other subjects researched include: • Do Blacks trust the police more than whites or Hispanics do? • UPDATED information on K-12 and University School
vote anyway.”38 During his time at the Justice Department, von Spakovsky was accused of politicizing the Election Integrity Commission (EIC)—a body created by the Help America Vote Act passed in the wake of the hanging chad chaos of the 2000 election. He tried to have the group’s chairman, Republican Paul DeGregorio, removed for being insufficiently partisan, among other accusations of impropriety.39 When an EIC study suggested that voter I.D. laws might lead to disenfranchisement, von
and the common good. If it fails to do so, genuine social harms follow.”35 None of the efforts or groups George has been associated with are more influential in the anti-gay-marriage debate than the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Witherspoon Institute. George was involved in the founding of the two organizations, which provide the “pro-family” movement with both intellectual heft and the grassroots muscle necessary to mobilize activists in opposition to gay rights. In 2012,