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September 26, 2006
Gosh, The March Of Time Sure Has Rendered I.F. Stone Completely Irrelevant
On their show last night about I.F. Stone featuring Billmon, Radio Open Source played this snippet (at about 33:25) from a tape of Stone speaking during Vietnam:
Now, governments lie. But they don't like to lie literally, because a literal, flat, obvious lie tends to be caught.
So what they do is, they become masters of the disingenuous statement, of phrasing something in such a way that the honest, normal, unwary reader gets one impression, what he's supposed to get.
Then three months later he discovers it's not true and goes back to complain. And they say, well, that's not what we said -- look at it carefully. And you look at it carefully and sure enough, it was really doubletalk and didn't say exactly what they said.
Yes, the world has changed completely since then. How embarrassing for all of Stone's admirers that his insights about politics have proven as evanescent as the morning dew.Posted at September 26, 2006 03:04 PM | TrackBack