Truth matters

“You are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts,” the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once famously said. Yet, if the logic of the saying seems obvious, the efforts to defy it seem endless. 

During one recent week, the news reported on one high-profile US politician who was spotlighted for repeatedly retelling a moment of American history—and folding some invented “facts” into the retelling. That same week, another politician, from the opposing political party, told a series of untruths about events in his personal life. And across the Atlantic, a leader on the world stage told lies both to and about his people. 

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August 15, 2011
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